In the last article of our Frozen 2 series, we started looking at the soundtrack of the movie and take a closer look at the meanings and lyrics behind these songs. We took these songs and found biblical application in each of them. This time, we are going to look at the other half of these songs that we did not get to in the first article. Let’s begin with “Lost in the Woods”.
“Lost in the Woods” is sung by the character Kristoff in the movie when he finds out that Anna, the one he is trying to propose to, has left him and Sven behind to go with Elsa. He is not sure why she left him alone in the woods and so he sings this song that expresses his feelings.
The chorus has some good application for us. “Now I turn around and find I am lost in the woods. North is South, right is left when you’re gone” And again it says, “Oh, you’re my only landmark so I’m lost in the woods”. This idea of being lost and confused is what this song is all about. We can find direct application to the idea of being lost as we have many times with this movie. There is a wonderful psalm that relates to the theme of this song and that is Psalm 25.
While the song is playing, the camera zooms out and Kristoff is standing in the spot where a bunch of paths come together and lead in different directions. Psalm 25 4-5 says this about paths, “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long”. We want to know God’s ways and the paths he has planned for us. There are many paths we can take in life but only one is God’s will and only one leads to life and that is Jesus (John 14:6). We should allow God to teach us through His word, our actions, experiences, opportunities, all sorts of things in life. Sometimes we don’t know what path to take and we need God to show us the path we should take.
Other times in life, we may feel so lonely and lost in the world. Later in the psalm David says, “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.” God can free us of our troubles and anguish. When we pray and seek Him he will turn and relieve us. When we are hurt and lonely, God is always there to pick us up and be the one there for us. Psalm 9 talks about God being a stronghold in times of trouble and Proverbs talks about even the name of the Lord people run to to be safe. God is our refuge and when we are lonely or lost as Kristoff was, we have a God who is always there.
The next song in the movie is the ever-powerful “Show Yourself”. This climactic melody is rich with content and lyrics in which we could apply all sorts of biblical wisdom. Although we might not unpack everything, we are going to look at the big ideas of this song and how it all wraps together.
In this song, Elsa travels to Ahtohallan, enters the frozen river, finds out who she is and undergoes a great transformation. The whole idea of the song in general could be looked at as how it is when we come to Christ. When we come to Christ, the questions are answered and we find out who we are truly meant to be. We find out who has been calling us all along and we undergo a spiritual transformation like no other. In the movie, Elsa finds out that she is the fifth spirit that bridges magic and nature together. She finds that her mother has been calling her all this time and that she is the voice she has been hearing. Then she goes through this transformation represented by wonderful animated effects. When we come to Christ, a similar process happens. We find out who we truly are as children of God (Ephesians 1:5, Galatians 3:26, 1 John 3:1). We also find out that it really has been God that has been calling us to be with Him and live with Him (John 6:44). We then go through a tremendous transformation when we accept Christ. There is a death and a birth, an old and a new (2 Corinthians 5:17). Through Christ, we now live a new life with new meaning and purpose and identity just as it seems Elsa will do the same with the information she has and the transformation she went through.
With all of these things happening we may forget one important step to this process. For all of this to happen to Elsa, she had to be the one to take the first step to get to this point. She had to follow the voice in the first place and travel through the forest, across the sea, to get to Ahtohallan. In the same light, we have to be the ones to come fully to Christ and we have to be the ones to accept truthfully the power of Christ (Romans 10:9). There has to be real, genuine acceptance just like Elsa. When we come to Christ, we are home and it is feels just like Elsa felt when she says, “I am found”. We are found when we come to Christ.
The last and final song in the movie comes when it seems that all hope is lost. Elsa is presumably dead, Olaf has flurried away, Kristoff is still in the woods somewhere and Anna is alone. Anna sings the song, “The Next Right Thing” when all hope is lost. This is a song we can all relate as we have all probably been in a state like this in our lives. When nothing else makes sense and you don’t know what to do, it seems best just to do the next right thing.
Anna sings of this voice that whispers these words “You are lost, hope is gone, but you must go on and do the next right thing”. It seems to be a little voice of encouragement that is real and true. Even though hope is lost, just do the next right thing. Don’t give up, just keep going. Well as Christians, even though our hope is secure, it can sometimes feel like it isn’t when life takes its toll. We have promises though, that God has made about our hope. 1 Peter 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”. Through Christ’s resurrection, we do not have a dead hope that is useless and hopeless but a living hope that is alive and real. Our hope is that we will not perish in the next life but we will be saved and we will live forever. Our hope is in Jesus who is not dead but alive! Our hope is not dead, but it is a living hope and that means our hope never disappears as long as we are in Christ.
Through the power of the Spirit, we can have hope. Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope”. God will fill us with joy and peace so that we may abound in hope through the Holy Spirit. When we need it most, we can be filled with hope because of the Spirit. When we are filled with hope, it makes it much easier to do the next right thing and keep going.
Through all of these songs, much application can be found. Although we did not pick apart every song completely, I hope we have a much better idea of how we can find biblical application from these songs and apply them to our lives as well. These songs can mean so much more when we look at them from a biblical standpoint and find deeper meaning than we ever have before.