According to the internet the biggest car wash in the world is here in the Houston area.
Also big is the Astrodome that opened in 1965 and was the world’s first multi-purpose sports stadium and the first air-conditioned dome. It cost $35 million to build and into today’s economy would cost $278 million. It was dubbed,
“The Eighth Wonder of the World”
There is an anti-Astrodome group who lobbies to have it torn down to make room for parking and green space. However, early in 2018 Harris County Commissioners voted unanimously to restore the Dome at a cost of $105.
The chief advocate for Dome revival was Ed Emmett but he lost his seat on the Commission to Lina Hildago who steered the Commission to put a hold on Dome renewal believing that Houston needs to invest funds in flood control and other needs essential for a better quality of life for its residents. So once again, the debate rages and it seems unclear if the plans for the Dome will resume or not.
One day in sunny Jerusalem, the Christ was teaching the crowds in the temple courts. Some of his disciples commented on the stones used for the temple, and rightly so, for the base stones weighed 165,000 pounds each.
They said, “Look, Rabbi, What massive stones, what magnificent buildings”.
Jesus had some interesting interactions with stones, of which Judea had no short supply.
- The temptation in the desert, “Tell these stones to become bread”.
- “God can raise up these stones to become children of Abraham”.
- Speaking of children, “I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out”.
- “And they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus slipped away.”
Big or small, for good or evil, stones, rocks and boulders were a daily part of life in Judea. Houses were built of stone walls, as were fences and buildings.
He would also say of the temple to his impressionable disciples,
“All these stones will be torn down, not one will be left upon another”.
Houston has other impressive buildings, quite a few actually. But perhaps nothing as impressive as the Dome, or at least as it once was. Will it stand? Will it be torn down? Who knows?
But perhaps it’s not the most impressive thing. For somewhere in the Houston suburb of Katy is the world’s largest car wash. It’s even in the Guinness Book of World Records. Its 255 feet in length, which is almost a football field. Seems fitting since the Dome was the home of the Houston Oilers Football Team, as well as and Astros. It’s still home for the Houston Rodeo, which receives 2.5 million visitors annually.
I just ask that we take a moment to see Jesus, high and lifted up, and offer a simple word of praise to his name. He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings and is bigger than Buc-ee’s Car Wash.