Blog: What Ariel and I Have in Common (Lessons in Hope from the Little Mermaid)
by Julie Method
HCA Theatre Director
I remember the exact moment when I knew that we were to perform The Little Mermaid this year at Highlands. I was sitting in Miami last summer watching a wonderful production of this show at a community theatre (and actually, HCA alumni Sarah Knoche was in the production). I remember telling myself we could do this; we could absolutely do this show! And, then I got scared. Whoa…wait! This is a big, big production. Why, out of all the shows out there, should we do this one? I already knew the answer. The answer was hope.
But more on that in a moment.
I am a Daddy’s Girl. I’ve always been a Daddy’s Girl. I am the firstborn, and I actually have a lot of the traits of my father. I remember a time when I was younger that I didn’t want to have anything to do with him. We clashed on a lot of things, and I felt I knew better. Boy, I was so wrong! He was so patient with me, and so loving. Even though there were consequences, I always knew my father loved me.
So, I get our main character, Ariel.
Seriously, I believe many daughters (and sons) have had moments when they wanted to stretch past what is allowed and take risks. They have made bad decisions, and although it might have been fun for a bit, the consequences were serious.
I am reminded of the Prodigal Son. On stepping out on his own and leaving his family, he did have fun for awhile, but it didn’t last long. When he was destitute and full of regret, he stepped out in faith and went to his father for forgiveness.
And his father ran to him!
So many times I remember my father running to me with open arms even after I had hurt him. I am so thankful for parents who have loved me and shown me the love of God. That moment in The Little Mermaid when the father, King Triton, chooses to lay down his life for his daughter is my favorite moment in this play. I relate to that. I know my father in a very real way was an earthly example of what my Heavenly Father is to me.
I lost my father fifteen years ago, but I know He is in heaven with his Heavenly Father. And someday he will run to me, when because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, I will be part of that heavenly world.
This…this is the reason that we are doing The Little Mermaid this year. We want others to see that hope. Because of the sacrifice of Jesus’ death on the cross, we have that hope of eternity with God.
If you have the opportunity to see our production of The Little Mermaid, enjoy the fun, the familiar music, the amazing acting of our students, and the work done by over 100 people. Sing along with Sebastian and Ariel, but see as I did the hope promised before eternity began and the hope of our future.
Julie Method, HCA Theater Director and blogger of the week, has directed the spring musicals at Highlands since 2000. Along with instructing and developing theatrical talent in our students, Julie’s passion is that they know how much Jesus loves them and cares personally for the details of their lives. Please reach out to Julie at [email protected] or contact one of our pastors at 954-421-1747 if you would like to talk more about knowing Jesus and the hope of eternity with Him.