Wednesday
Jan 5th, 2022
Warning Labels
By: Hannah Gilbert
2 minute read 

Ecclesiastes 4:12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. (NLT)

I don’t know about you, but I personally believe that Frozen is hands down one of the best animated movie franchises ever (and, by the way, the second movie is most definitely superior).

In the first film, we get introduced to two sisters who live in a castle in a land called Arendelle. Elsa, the oldest, spends the majority of her growing years in this castle intentionally separating herself from her younger sister, Anna, in fear that her secret power of turning things into ice will hurt Anna like it did once when they were children. When they’re older, Elsa—who is to be crowned Queen of Arendelle—accidentally lets her icy powers loose in front of the large crowd attending her coronation, revealing her long-kept dark secret and terrifying the townsfolk. So she flees to a mountain and builds a palace (out of ice, of course) to live isolated from everyone else. Anna, who isn’t scared of her sister and only wants to help, eventually finds her. But Elsa instructs Anna to go back home, telling her, “I belong here, alone… where I can be who I am, without hurting anybody.”

Ever felt like that? I know I have. Now, I haven’t gone quite so far as to run away to a palace on a far away mountain (although that does sound pretty sweet), but in my lowest moments, my natural inclination tends to be isolation. In those moments, it can feel easier to shut out the ones I love and suffer alone. Ever fallen in that trap?

Something I’ve noticed many times in my life and the lives of those around me is that Satan loves to get us alone, especially when we’re suffering. So he will whisper thoughts like this to us: You’re nothing more than a burden to people right now, and they won’t even understand what you’re going through anyway, so why bother? 

As Solomon writes, “a person standing alone can be attacked and defeated.” Friend, I don’t want that to be you. We were made to do life together—even (and especially) the hard, ugly, painful stuff. And I guarantee that the people who love you would consider it an honor to stand back-to-back with you.

When you’re beaten down, hurt, frustrated, and at the end of your rope, are you honest with your close circle? Do you lean into their support, or do you deflect and isolate? If you’re going through something right now, make it a goal to tell someone you trust this week.

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