Over the Christmas break, my children and I went to see the movie Rise of the Guardians. For someone like me who loves the entire pretend world of Santa, the Tooth Fairy and the like, this movie was incredible!
Even if you are just looking for a good child’s movie that won’t bore you to tears, this movie might be perfect for you. My fifteen-year old daughter and I were both pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed it. We laughed a lot! The rivalry between the Easter Bunny and Jack Frost was hilarious and Santa . . . well, let me just warn you that this isn’t your typical Christmas movie Santa.
But something else about the movie really struck me. SPOILER ALERT: I must tell you a bit about the movie before I can tell you the important part.
The basic premise is that the Boogey Man has come to steal the children’s pleasant dreams, wide-eyed wonder, etc. And the Guardians — Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Sandman — are sworn to protect children everywhere. The Man in the Moon, though, knows that the Boogey Man has waited until he is strong enough that he could possibly win, so the Man in the Moon introduces a new Guardian: Jack Frost.
Now Jack has been around for 300 years and has no memory of his life before he became Jack Frost. What he wants to know more than anything is why the Man in the Moon chose him to be Jack Frost. But the Man in the Moon remains silent.
When the Guardians realize that the Man in the Moon has chosen Jack to be a new Guardian, they immediately seek him out and start the swearing-in ceremony. But Jack protests. The conversation then goes something like this (not direct quotes, but best I can remember):
Jack: What are you doing?
Santa: You have been chosen to be Guardian.
Jack: What if I don’t want to be a Guardian?
Santa: It does not matter. You have been chosen. You are Guardian.
My mind instantly flew to God and what I know about His character. He has designed each of us to do certain things and He expects each of us to fulfill our purpose. Our thoughts about it doesn’t matter. We are chosen just as Jack was chosen because just as the Man in the Moon knew Jack, God knows us.
Sure, Jack could have chosen to not participate, do his own thing, follow his own desires. He did for awhile. But ultimately Jack realized that when it mattered, nothing else mattered but to protect the children. He came to accept and fulfill what the Man in the Moon created him to be.
Of course this is a child’s movie with the required happy ending, and we real-life people have the choice to walk away from God’s plan for us and never fulfill it. But in the end, I think we all want to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
What hinders you from fully accepting God’s desire for your life?