When we first began the movie Trolls, and I came to understand the plot for the first time, I was slightly put off. It is cringe-worthy. It is a truly evil and morbid concept, that the characters we love are hunted for eating. The Bergens are possibly some of the most evil and most misunderstood villains I have ever seen in a children's movie.
They are miserable, and they believe that the only way to be happy is once a year when they have a feast of Trolls. The consumption of the Trolls is where they believe their happiness lies.
The final scene of the film, when Poppy is trying to get them to recognize happiness, is one of the most spiritually poignant scenes of the film, in my opinion.
Chef, the very one in charge of cooking and serving up the trolls, becomes concerned with losing her job. She has convinced the Bergens that the only way they can be happy is by eating a Troll. They are brainwashed to believe this. As Poppy begins to tell them that happiness isn't something they put into their bodies, but rather something they already have within themselves, the Bergens begin to question what they've been taught. Shouts of, "I want to be happy! Can I be happy too?" are heard throughout the room, and Chef tells the king, "There is only one thing that will ever make you happy, and only one Bergen who can provide it!"
Similarly, Satan wishes to make us believe that he is the key to happiness and all our earthly desires.
Satan desires to control this earth, and he will try to do so through each and every one of us. It is up to us to pray for discernment. Don't allow Satan to convince you of something that can make you happy, or something that can immediately satisfy. It is temporary, not long lasting. It is instant gratification, but of no fulfilling substance or value. It will only leave you longing for more; much, much more.
One of my very favorite characters in Trolls is a Bergen named Bridget. From the first time we meet her, it is obvious that there is something different about her, a softness the other Bergens do not have, and as we come to know her, we see that deep down she knows there is something more to life, and she's searching for it.
She has hope!
Meanwhile, Poppy took extreme and dangerous measures to reach these Bergens and change their hearts. She saw the evil darkness they were living in, and the lies they lived by, for what they were, and when she reached out in love, she was able to cause some questioning that led to a revolution. She was able to discern the truth behind the evil, and the sadness that lurked there. And she rescued much more than her nearly eaten friends that day. She rescued her very enemies from the depths of miserable despair.
Be the troll. Do not conform to the evil the world has for you. It may come at you in disguise. You may think it is happiness, but pray for discernment, that you would see through the evil, and be a beacon of light in the darkness.
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