One of my Facebook buddies posted as her status, the words “Frosty the Snowman was a jolly and happy soul”... and immediately I thought of contentment. Frosty had a pipe, and a button nose, and two eyes made out of coal. And he was content. He was happy. How do I know that? Because he sang about it. Don’t we sing when we’re happy? Anyway, it said a lot to me. We certainly have more than a pipe, a button nose and two eyes made out of coal, yet how many of us aren't content with who we are... hmmm... or what we have?
We are in the season (and actually should always be), of thankfulness. It’s the time of the year where people are grateful. Or seem to be. They are joyful of Christmas coming and what it means to them. They are happy about seeing loved ones they don’t get to see often. Happy about get-togethers, and kids are happy about the presents. I’m happy for the season. After all it’s the season of giving. A reminder of the precious and loving God we serve. The Giver of life and all things good. The miraculous birth of Jesus. It's the season of miracles and wonders, of new beginnings.
When I saw the words posted, “Frosty the Snowman was a jolly and happy soul,” I thought of the rest of how the song goes, “with a corn-filled pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal.” As I said, some of us are not happy with the noses we have. Some of us think our eyes are too small, too big or too close together. But thinking of Frosty and the rest of the song, it didn’t matter to him where his eyes were. What mattered was that he had some. He had eyes to see. It didn’t matter what his nose was made of, what mattered was that he had one. Frosty is the picture of contentment. Just thankful to be alive.
I know you all are probably saying, well that is just a fairy-tale; a cartoon character made up by Dr. Seuss or somebody, what does that have to do with reality? What does that have to do with me? Well first, "Frosty the Snowman" was written as a song by Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson, shortly after the release of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Its original intent was just that, a song, but then a 3-minute animated short was made from it and from there it went on to be a television sensation. And while the story is based on fairy-tale, we can yet learn something from it. And I believe that God is sharing that with us… contentment and thankfulness. We serve a real God. And what better way to show we believe that but by being content and thankful for what who are, what we have and just life itself.
Well, the words of the song continue with,
“Frosty the Snowman, is a fairytale, they say.
He was made of snow, but the children know
how he came to life one day.
There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found,
for when they placed it on his head,
he began to dance around!
Oh, Frosty, the Snowman, was alive as he could be;
and the children say he could laugh and play,
just the same as you and me.”
You see, the children placed a hat on his head and when they did Frosty came to life. And if you ever watch the show you will see, he comes to life again and again and again. He was happy to be alive and he makes the most of that life when it happens, by dancing, by enjoying the children, enjoying his environment, knowing that at any given point his life as he knew it could be taken away from him.
The children had to make sure Frosty the Snowman wasn’t in the sun. Because if he was, he would melt away. And Frosty knew this, so while he could enjoy being alive, he did. Every time they bought him to life, he would say, “Happy Birthday.” A new day, another chance, another opportunity to live, celebrate and appreciate the life he had. So he would play with the kids and he would sing his song, with his corn-filled pipe, his button nose and his two eyes made out of coal, every time they placed the hat on his head.
Yes, we can take something from the life of Frosty the Snowman, fairy-tale or not. We have to be thankful not only for what we have, not only for our eyes, not only for our noses, but for our life itself. The fact that many of us are still here is a testament to the goodness and faithfulness of the God we claim to know and love. We are living, we are breathing, and every day that we get to open our eyes to SEE, every day that we get to inhale, exhale and breath (especially through our noses), we should be thankful. And in this season, especially, when the winter and the snow, just to stay mindful of Frosty the Snowman. A jolly happy soul, appreciative of life.
Oh, Lord, teach us to number our days that we might apply our hearts unto wisdom. Teach us to be thankful and to appreciate the life you have given us by sending Your Son, Jesus to be born. Help us to be thankful for eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart that beats.
“Happy Birthday!” God is real.
A servant of the Lord,