Seventeen years ago….
I was in college on my way back with friends from performing. We were in the “singing assemble group” for our college that consisted of 6 girls and 12 guys. We went around singing to churches and organizations that donated money to our university.
Anyhoot, I was in the car and this music group came on the radio. I was immediately transported back in time to the 1960s, as the sound of a guitar blared and the lead singer’s voice droned on, it actually made me feel like I was at Wood Stock. *chuckle*
Well, minus the “not so good” parts of Wood Stock. Sorry, I digressed from the main point.
As I listened to the words of the song, it really had a deep impact on me. After the song ended, I asked my friends the title of the song. They replied, “Two Sets of Joneses.” So I decided to share the story with you all but if you choose to skip it, I have attached the video below for your viewing pleasure.
The story begins with the two couples named, Rothchild and Evelyn Jones, and Reuben and Sue Jones.
(Sorry, this was the best generalized image I could find of two couples, just use your imagination!)
Now, back to the story
Evelyn had a lot of money and Rothchild Jones was so excited because after he married her, she bought them a house on the beach.
Reuben and Sue Jones did not have earthly wealth but they were followers of Jesus and felt that having Him was plenty because they trusted in Him to provide for them.
The hook of the song described “hard times” as rain coming down and blowing the four walls down, and when the clouds rolled away; only one set of Joneses would be standing. So, essentially whenever hard times came, only one couple would be able to handle it.
As time passed, eventually Evelyn Jones and Sue Jones were pregnant.
In Evelyn’s case, Rothchild worked late hours so that he could remain on top of the business, and her father was very proud and happy to have such a son-in-law. Rothchild worked so hard, that while Evelyn was having their first child, he was on an airplane flying to Dallas on business.
In Sue’s case, when she was having their first child, the entire hospital heard Reuben exclaim, “It’s a boy!” He was right by her side and even stayed home with Sue to help her take care of the baby for a few days. While he was out of work, some of his co-workers took up a collection for Reuben and it ended up being enough for the bills that month.
Needless to say, Evelyn Jones ended up leaving Rothchild and sued him for everything he had.
The moral of the story: Is your life built on the Rock of Christ Jesus or Sandy foundations that YOU have managed to lay?
Why is this important? Because when the rain comes down, and blows the four walls down, when the clouds roll away, will you be still standing or blown away?
Just a thought. The video is below, enjoy 🙂