This year, one of the songs that’s having a significant impact on my life is from the movie Trolls. I don’t normally get huge spiritual epiphanies from animated movies, but hey–if God can talk through Balaam’s donkey, he can talk through Poppy the Troll. After all, our natural world is imbued with spiritual truth if we only have ears to hear  and eyes to see.

Poppy has to brave the big, bad, precarious forest to rescue her people. As she ventures through the perils, she sings this song filled with deep truth and encouragement. These lines, in particular, resonate with my soul:

“I’m not giving up today
There’s nothing getting in my way
And if you knock knock me over
I will get back up again”

“What if it’s all a big mistake
What if it’s more than I can take
No I can’t think that way ’cause I know that
I’m really really gonna be okay!”

And these words sit in the midst of intentional optimism and enthusiasm. This horribly precarious, dangerous challenge she’s facing is, in her mind, all part of an exciting, marvelous, fantastic day. “Some super fun surprise around each corner
Just riding on a rainbow, I’m gonna be okay!”

Poppy chooses joy. How? By not being afraid.

And she’s not afraid because she knows she’s going to be okay. No matter what happens, she’s going to be okay.

And I’m going to be okay, too. Why? Not because I have no challenges, pain, set backs or suffering. And not because I have overly optimistic Troll self-talk with a made-for-movie animated ending. But because I have the one, true, Living God, the God of the Universe, the Great I Am on my side. He’s with me. He’s for me. And I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13, Romans 8:31, Matthew 28:20)

He’s made me for a purpose. He’s written my story. Every day of my life was recorded in His book before a single day had passed. (Psalm 139:16) I don’t know how it’s going to go, but I know how it ends–after I leave this earth, I spend eternity in His presence. And between now and then, I’m living out my purpose, braving daunting challenges for the sake of others, knowing He is with me.

So no matter what I face, I know that I will get back up again!