"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." --Matthew 6:33
I finally was able to find time to make a video tribute that I have been wanting to make for quite sometime, and that is one for Ginger Foutley and Darren Patterson from the classic cartoon "As Told By Ginger." This video gives a special sense of nostalgia to me because of the song I used for it, being the Daniel O'Donnell song, "I Can See Me Without You." Growing up, my sister saw Daniel O'Donnell very much when he would appear on PBS, since my grandparents enjoyed his Irish singing (and dancing! :) ).
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The relationship between Ginger and Darren shows the importance of trusting in the Lord and His plan when we fall on the road of life. As the hospital worker wisely states at the end of the video, "He did finish it, it just doesn't have an ending." The Lord has a perfect and good plan, and though we are promised to experience hardships, we can "take courage" and "be of good cheer," for our Saviour and Redeemer, Jesus Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33) and He gives peace not as the world gives (John 14:27).
The world talks of peace while the nations arm to the teeth and wage war. Living in such a world can easily give one a sense of hopelessness, but through Christ's death, burial, and resurrection in victory, we have a blessed hope that is assured! It is this that we are to seek above all else: to seek the kingdom of God and not our own selfish desires (Matthew 6:33; 16:24).
There was nothing in the series that could keep Ginger and Darren apart, yet in many instances they were torn apart. They only were brought together at the end of the series when they were able to live happily as they were: single. This is very reminiscent of the apostle Paul words, who said, "But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all the churches" (1 Corinthians 7:17). Though this show is not inherently Christian by nature, this moral principle can be paralleled to say that whether one is single, dating, or married, they need to walk for the Lord right now in that particular station, not becoming worried over changing it. As my favorite verse says, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understandings. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Remember, Jesus was exalted to the "name above all names" through "emptying Himself" and "being born as a human being" and "dying a criminals death, even death on a cross" (Philippians 2:7-11); we are to have that same mind that was in Him (Philippians 2:5), for glorification only comes through servanthood, for the first shall be the last and the last the first (Matthew 19:30).
Marriage is a great responsibility for two people to take part in, for they are to become and work together as ONE FLESH (Genesis 2:24). It is much easier to walk for the Lord as an individual than within the marriage relationship, as Paul eloquently described in 1 Corinthians 7:32-34), yet he also stated that he was not wanting to "cast a snare" on anyone (v. 35). Whether one is single or married is irrelevant, for both can serve the Lord equally well, but while one is single, they have far less distractions in their lives. Yet, at the same time, how glorious is the relationship of marriage when a husband and wife understand the concept of Oneness and are walking for the Lord in accordance to His plan!!