Big Tex is a 52-foot tall statue that appears at the annual State Fair of Texas. Over the past 60 years, Big Tex has become a leading cultural icon and the prime meeting and photography place for local and out-of-town visitors at the fair.
On October 19, 2012, the last weekend of the 2012 State Fair of Texas, the 52 foot icon was destroyed by fire. When the fire department dispatcher received the call, she summoned firefighters to the scene by saying, “We have a tall boy with all his pants burned off.” As we now know that was an understatement to say the least. One bystander told the news media, “At least he went down talking.” But the good news is that Errol McKoy, president of the fair, promised that a bigger and better Big Tex would be back in 2013. Although the destructive fire only lasted about 10 minutes, the memory of Big Tex will be around for a while.
That story reminds me that there are times in our lives, when everything we have built or worked for seems to just go up in smoke. The good news is that with God’s grace, we can come back bigger and better than ever!
Think about it…and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D