I AM FOUND

A couple of months ago, I went to see the new Frozen II movie. I know, I know. Its a kid movie and it may be childish of me to LOVE it. But I’ll admit it- when it comes to Frozen or any Disney movie, I do become a little kid again. They make me so happy!

Anyways, I was at the theater with my family and of course I had to be sitting next to Jacob, my brother. He is hilarious and he kept me laughing the whole movie. We couldn’t take any of it seriously. But to be honest, when I left the movie, I was a little disappointed. It wasn’t what I had imagined or expected. 

A week later, the 4th graders I work with were going to see the same movie and I thought to myself, why not? I’ve got nothing to lose. At least I can get a good laugh again! But when I watched it the second time, it started to grow on me. 

A week after that, my best friend wanted to go to the theater. I was down to go with her because I mean, movie theater popcorn, count me in! We decided to watch Frozen II again. 

That third time was the charm, even as cliche as that sounds. The third time I saw it, the message of the movie hit me harder than ever. 

I guess when God was trying to speak to me and I didn’t get it the first time, he had to get me there again. And then when I didn’t get the message a second time, he had found another way to get me there. But then BAMB. I got it. And I am ever so grateful for that! I just love the fact that God speaks to us in ways that He knows we will listen… even if it takes 3 tries!

In the movie, Elsa is on a journey to find this voice that is calling out to her. She has to go through many trials and challenges to get to that voice, but she doesn’t give up. But then! She ends up finding the voice and it wasn’t quite what she expected. 

Elsa was searching for someone. She was longing for that someone and she had worked so hard to get there. And then BAMB- SPOILER ALERT!!- Elsa doesn’t find someone, she ends up finding HERSELF! Her mother says “Come my darling homeward bound” and Elsa responds with “I am found!” 

The one person that Elsa needed in her life was herself. 

How many times do we lose ourselves in life? How many mothers work so hard to be a wonderful mother that they lose themselves for their kids? How many people go to work everyday trying to be someone they are not so they can get a promotion or look good for the boss? How many people go through life living someone else’s dream and not their own? How many people become what others expect them to be rather than what they want to be? 

I think finding yourself and loving yourself is one of the bravest things you can do in your life!!

I have been on a journey for the last several years to find myself. There was a part of my life that I sadly lost myself in. I wanted every person that I came in contact with to be happy. I wanted to please every single one of them. I wanted to be the person that I THOUGHT they wanted me to be. 

I lost myself trying so hard to fit in to what I thought everyone wanted, that I didn’t know how to be me. I didn’t know how to love myself.

I was like Elsa. Content with where I was, but knowing that there was something more for me. I was hearing something calling out to me, but not knowing that it was actually me. 

When Elsa sings those three simple words- “I am found”- I can relate to her 100%. I feel like Heavenly Father says to me “Come my darling homeward bound”. And that is how I am found!! The closer that I walk towards my Heavenly Father and my heavenly home, the more that I am found. I feel like my Heavenly Father wanted me to know that its okay for me to be me and for me to love myself. He wants me to be who he created me to be!

The one person that I needed in my life was ME!

I need to be me so that I can be a good wife for my husband. I need to be me so that I can be a good daughter and sister in my family. I need to be me so that I can be a good teacher and a good example to my students. I need to be me so that I can be a true friend. I need to be me so that I can be truly happy.

I AM FOUND!

No. It is not easy to find yourself. Yes. You will go through challenges and trials that test you. Yes. You will feel guilty at times for choosing yourself over what others want. Yes. You may be rejected for being you. BUT, I can guarantee that it is 100% worth it. 

Once you are able to find yourself, everything else will fall into place. Heavenly Father didn’t create you to be just like everyone else. He created YOU to be YOU! 

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