One of the elements of this TV show that I love the most is that it is a model for what a good (yet flawed) marriage can look like when two people to commit to each other like their vows indicate. She often refers to her husband as a “superhero” and “as close to a perfect father as it can get.“ But Jack and Rebecca certainly don’t have an easy marriage, as their story unfolds. Addictions, bitterness and sins of the past plague both Jack and Rebecca’s lives. Yet they see their meeting as a “big break” and they see each other as the loves of their lives. They do their best to stay together, even when their world crumbles around them.
Marriage is not easy. It takes hard work and perseverance. And even when you have done everything you can on your end to make your marriage work, sometimes love just isn’t enough (as Jack and Rebecca’s marriage begins to unravel.) But I do believe that a marriage that centers itself around Christ is the part of a marriage that keeps it strong through the ups and downs of life.
If you are reading this and you were once married but are now no longer, there is hope. Jesus can be your Groom and you can cling to Him during times of difficulty and strife. If you are someone who is married and has a good marriage good for you! Bask in this season of fruitfulness in your life. Seek to counsel or help others who may be struggling in their marriage. When you encounter difficult times in your marriage (and they will come) you will wish someone lent a hand to help you when you need it most. If you are struggling, seek the help of someone who can speak life and help you work out the issues you are currently facing. A pastor or a leader can help you work out the issues and help you decide if your marriage is worthy of reconciliation. Most of the time it is worthy of saving. An opportunity to work towards unity may help being peace to your life, while division will only bring strife and tension to an already difficult situation.
Whether Jack and Rebecca’s marriage remains strong or dissolves before Jack’s passing is yet to be revealed. But the saying is true: A marriage hemmed in Christ seldom unravels.