2014 Lenten Devotional – “40 Days of Disney” – Day 38
Song #3 – “Part Of Your World” – The Little Mermaid
There are few Disney princesses as loved and admired by little girls everywhere quite as much as Arielle. Whether it’s the fact that she’s a mermaid, gets to spend her life in the ocean, introduced red hair into the Disney Princess collection, talks to animals, or has one of the most beautiful voices in all of film, children gravitate towards the youthful innocence and hopeful desires personified in princess Arielle, and it’s a sentiment that isn’t lost on older generations.
In her most famous song, Arielle sings of her desire to leave her predetermined watery life of luxury in pursuit of a more meaningful life on land where she’s free to make her own choices and follow her own passions. In “Part Of Your World,” while surrounded by all her treasures, she sings, “I’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty. I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore. You want thingamabobs? I’ve got twenty. But who cares. No big deal. I want more.” Arielle realized a truth the Jesus had spent a significant portion of his ministry preaching on. Money and possessions can not bring the eternal joy and happiness that Christ offers. This is why he tells the man in Mark 10:21, “Go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. And come, follow me.”
Sufficient Christ, free our minds from the desires of this world, so that we can be content in your grace, resting only in your faithful love, while we pursue the eternal life you have planned for us. Amen.