As I have watched Frozen over and over and over, I have found myself approaching this movie from all sorts of different fronts. But this last time I watched it I saw something I never saw before, Anna is the ultimate youth worker.
Anna is young and idealistic and pursues her sister (our students) with all of who she is. She longs to be connected and share life and even though she is shut out from the bulk of her sister's life, she has nothing but hope and good will for her sister.
Elsa is the classic student. For whatever amount of personal pain and shut down they have experienced, their world is pretty egocentric. She is special, in fact, the most special kid on the planet. And this uniqueness means that she is misunderstood and angst ridden. She runs away to protect others, and really herself.
Even though Anna has been shut out and shut down, she always runs after her sister, always hopes for a restored relationship, and selflessly gives up her life for the sake of her sister. And this selfless love, in the end actually restores relationship.
My hope is that my heart would be more and more like Anna's.
- That I will always leave the safety and comfort of the castle, of the 99 and run after the one.
- That I will not get bitter or disillusioned when my pursuit is not reciprocated.
- That, in the end, I would actually gladly lay down my life, pour out my life over and over again so that by some possible means relationship would be restored; relationship with me, and mostly relationship with their Heavenly Father.
I love that there is so much to think about and process in this movie. For me, this time around, I am thankful that God used it to touch my heart, to soften it, and remind me again of what I am truly called to do and be as a youth worker!
"Do you want to build a snowman?"