Do You Know How to Knock?


Have you seen the movie Frozen?

Of course you have. Everyone in the country has seen Frozen, I’m sure. Well, we finally rented it from Redbox a couple of weeks ago, because we’re cheap—I mean frugal—that way. And we watched it four times. Yes, four times. My five-year-old (Noah) now has several of the scenes memorized and recites them at random times, eliciting laughs and smiles all around.

Our favorite character is Olaf. Isn’t he the cutest little snowman you’ve ever seen?!

The scene that Noah has been imitating lately goes like this:

Olaf, Anna, and Kristoff travel to the ice castle where sister Elsa is hiding out. They climb the grand ice staircase and go to the door. Anna raises her hand to knock, and she stands there, hesitating…..

Olaf, standing behind her, cheers her on,


“Just knock.”

Whispering to Kristoff, Olaf continues, “Why isn’t she knocking? Do you think she knows how to knock?”

Here’s a homemade clip of the scene that I found on YouTube, if you want to check it out. I think it’s hilarious, but then I think that everything Olaf says and does is hilarious.

If you haven’t seen the movie, you really should spend $1.20 to rent it from Redbox. Pay particular attention to Olaf. Remember that “a cheerful heart is good medicine.” (Proverbs 17:22) 🙂

Anyway, back to my point.

Why does Anna hesitate to knock on the door of her sister’s ice castle? I imagine there was fear of rejection, uncertainty of what she might find behind the door, and perhaps feelings of abandonment.

I wonder if God might say the same things as Olaf sometimes as we’re struggling through life, hesitating to call on Him.


“Just knock.”

“Why aren’t you knocking?”

“Do you know how to knock?”

You see, I’m convinced that God is always right there at the door, waiting for us to come to Him. He has what we need for every situation of our lives, but often He waits for us to ask Him. It takes a step of faith, and maybe humility, to admit that we can’t make it on our own. We need Him.

The older I get and the more complicated my life becomes, the more I realize how desperately I need the Lord. I am completely and utterly hopeless without Him in my life. My heart is rotten to the core without Him, and my life would be in shambles were it not for his unmerited favor toward me.

I often wonder how people without the Lord can make it though this life. It must be so miserable without His love and guidance. But as a gentleman, God won’t force His way into our lives. He is patiently pursuing us with his extravagant love, wooing us, calling us, serenading us, beckoning us to have a relationship with Him.

Remember that “God’s kindness leads you toward repentance.” (Romans 2:4)

He loves you with an everlasting love, and His mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness! (Lamentations 3:23)

Do you know how to knock?



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