Let it Go
Let it go Tuesday, we drove to my in-laws. There my children opened their Christmas gifts from their grandparents. My daughter received a Frozen Elsa and Anna blanket. This was the exact blanket that our puppy ate about a month ago. He has now taken full ownership of this blanket, making it his special friend. At first, my daughter wasn’t a happy camper about the loss of her blanket. I was reminded of the instructions I gave her, as she received the same blanket (a replicate of the original one she had). I told her to let it go, and let the dog have it. Now, none of us knew that her grandmother (who was completely unaware that the dog ate this blanket) was going to purchase her a new one about a month later. Why Am I sharing this? Because often times we hold on to things that have been destroyed and still want to maintain them instead of letting them go. If we can just trust that we are meant to have it, God has a way of sending us back what we loved in a better condition. We just have to give it time.
This realization caused for me to reflect on Disney’s Frozen “Let it Go” song and section of the movie in which it was featured. For those who have never seen the movie, Elsa had just been crowned queen and in a moment of rage revealed a secret she had been hiding most of her life, her ability to freeze things and make it snow. In a panic, she left the city. Que music: She then sings “Let it Go” as she creates a magnificent ice castle to be her new dwelling place. The song expresses her new found freedom from fear. From pressure. It express a new found peace within herself, as she begins to fully embrace who she is. At the end of 2014 I was introduced to a parody of “Let it Go” entitled F*** It All. Yup, they replaced the phrase “let it go,” with “F it all” (they actually say the explicit word). And if we are honest when most of us let something go, this is our attitude… F it all. We say let it go, but we envision throwing all of the bills up in the air and letting them fall on the floor as we walk away. We envision (and some of us actually do this) ourselves telling people where they can go, how they can get there and what they can kiss. And if you ever watch the scene in the movie (click here to view it ) this is pretty much what Elsa is doing. Yes she is saying let it go because it’s a PG movie. But if you look at her, she is saying F*** it all. Here’s the thing. No matter how saved or “heathen” we are, almost everyone has been in this place.
As this is the last day of 2015 many are at this place of “letting things go, letting people go, letting drama go,” etc. I cannot begin to count how many tweets, facebook messages, Instagram posts, memes and sermon clips I have heard and seen over the past two weeks that have this theme. And yes, it is necessary to let things go. However, there is a catch. Elsa was not only letting go of her fear and getting to a place where she could finally be in a place of peace and creativity, she deliberately isolates herself from people who care about her, because she doesn’t want to hurt them or be hurt by them. She gets excited about her new found freedom from them, and talks about how she is never going back. How her past is in the past. She hasn’t really let go, she just ran away. And yes we can find peace in running away, and sometimes when that seems like the only option, it’s the best one to take. Nevertheless, Elsa has to fight. Her loved ones have to fight. It seems like there is more arguing and resistance, more forcing of the matter, which makes everything worst. And it’s not until Elsa really lets love win that she is able to let things go. Her season away helps her to better find who she is, and embrace the things about her that make her special and amazing. But her connection to those whom she loves and who love her is what ultimately breaks her free. Ultimately, the whole notion of letting things go is about redemption and reconciliation. She let it all go, only to have to weather the storm which made her strong enough to handle the weight of loving fearlessly.
This brings me back to the blanket. My daughter let it go… And with time and patience the provider restored to her that which held a special place in her life. Today friends I want to invite you to let it go. Take the time to process through your hurt. Rejection. Disappointment. Your resentment, jealousy. Take the time to get to know you better. And then, let love win. For those of us who feel like we are on the other end of the “let it go” we are the “Anna’s”, the ones who get left behind. Keep loving. Keep fighting. And give it time, and never give up on the ones you love. Be like my daughter, courageous enough to give the blanket over and keep pressing forward. Even when you can see the blanket in another place and all you want to do is pick it up and be close to it. Trust that it will come back. Better, restored, refreshed and ready to move forward in a healthier, happier way.
Let It Go, Song lyrics
The snow glows white on the mountain tonight
Not a footprint to be seen A kingdom of isolation,
And it looks like I’m the queen.
The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside
Couldn’t keep it in, heaven knows I tried!
Don’t let them in, don’t let them see Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know
Well, now they know!
Let it go, let it go Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go Turn away and slam the door!
I don’t care What they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on, The cold never bothered me anyway!
It’s funny how some distance Makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me Can’t get to me at all!
It’s time to see what I can do To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me I’m free!
Let it go, let it go I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go You’ll never see me cry!
Here I stand And here I’ll stay Let the storm rage on!
My power flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I’m never going back, The past is in the past!
Let it go, let it go
And I’ll rise like the break of dawn
Let it go, let it go That perfect girl is gone!
Here I stand In the light of day
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway!