This illustration seems obvious enough that I will not be the first or the last to think of it or use it. Note: This does have what could be considered minor spoilers, but the movie has been out for a few years.
People have mixed feelings regarding Disney’s movie “Frozen”. Many people like it and some people… don’t. Regardless, I believe that the character Olaf offers a good illustration of a deep truth.
Olaf is a happy-go-lucky snowman that really wants to experience summer. His desire is whimsical and funny and in his innocence he doesn’t realize that summer would ultimately kill him. Because it is an animated kids movie they eventually find a way around this problem, but not before Olaf temporarily melts.
There are times in our lives where we embody Olaf, though in a much less whimsical and funny way. We desire things that would ultimately lead to our destruction. Whether that which we desire is sinful itself or something like “summer” that isn’t bad, we can find ourselves unknowingly wanting something that would ultimately prove harmful.
I believe there are times that God withholds some of the things we “want”, because even though we don’t realize it, God knows that it would not be for our good.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1:17
God knows that it would not be a “good and perfect gift”, even if we might think that it would be.
Other times, He allows us to receive that which we desire so that ultimately when it does harm us, we can turn back to Him and He will be there waiting to pick us up and ready to refocus us on the true source of joy and fulfillment, Himself.
Whether we are facing a desire that is unfulfilled or a want that when received has thorns, the correct response is to trust the wisdom and love of God.
“God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.” – Charles Spurgeon
Both His wisdom and His love are deeper than we know.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! – Romans 11:33
I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:17b-19