I like inventing new words, especially for words that have far too much mileage on them. A car runs great, but even the best autos start to have issues after the odometer goes over 200,000 miles.
So I’m purposing a new word even though I’m not quite ready to completely toss the old one yet. The new word is “Velcrocity”. I will define velcrocity as a mix of love, faithfulness and endurance. (Possible forms of this word– Walk in velcrocity, be velcroized more and more. Wasn’t that velcroful worship? And on and on.)
Just in case you’re wondering, Velcro is a fastener mostly used for clothing. It consists of two strips, one is covered in tiny loops and the other in tiny flexible hooks. The two strips ‘adhere’ when they are pressed together and separate when pulled apart.
“Velcro is strong enough that a two inch square piece is enough to support a 175-pound (79 kg) person. The strength of the bond depends on how well the hooks are embedded in the loops, how much surface area is in contact with the hooks, and the nature of the force pulling it apart.” –Wiki
Why velcrocity? Thinking about the Father God’s love for me (and others) made me start thinking about Velcro– and being “laid up” with my health sucking so poorly has helped me pray and think. And being way too curious I did a frontal assault on the internet of the sticky subject of Velcro.
The best info came from Wikipedia, of course. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velcro
The more contact between the strips of Velcro will strengthen the bond. The tighter the hook part pushes into mesh part more effort required to pull them apart. The negatives of this wonder are they have to stay clean. Lint, dirt of hair get between and can keep the strips from bonding.
As I write this, the imagery parallels what I’ve already learned from my Bible, prayer, fellowship and worship. Spiritual lessons quite often will come from what I see physically. But I need to be teachable and a whole lot more perceptive.
Focus on Jesus, and stick to the things of God. There is an adhesion needed in the Church today, and it truly starts with your heart. The covenant heart of God is that you would more and more cling to Him. He is truly tenacious, in the best use of the word.
“I will never leave you, or forsake you.”
“The Love of God endures forever.”
(How about Velcrophobic? Velcroful? Velcrology? Velcrophobic? —and then maybe not,)
- Velcro Pugs (bahhumpug.com)
- Supramolecular velcro for underwater adhesion (nanowerk.com)
- Gold squeezed into micro-Velcro (nanowerk.com)
- And Just What Else Can I Do With Velcro? (wordsofhisheart.wordpress.com)
- UCLA researchers further refine ‘NanoVelcro’ device to grab single cancer cells from blood (esciencenews.com)
- Do you need velcro tape (amazus.org)