What is it that you first think of when you hear the word Velcro? Is it the stick-to-itiveness quality of this 1941 George de Mestral invention?
Mestral was perturbed by the nasty burrs that had lodged themselves into his wool pants after a day of hunting in the woods. After examining the burrs through a magnifying glass, Mestral was fascinated by what he saw. He discovered that each burr had thousands of tiny little hooks that had latched onto the wool fabric of his pants.
He was so impressed by this pest from nature that he developed a process to mimic the tenacity of the burrs, so he invented a system of nylon hooks and loops and called his product Velcro.
Within the pages of the New Testament, we find the living breathing version of Velcro. As a Christian, Stephen was a pest that Saul could not shake. Because of Stephen’s faithful tenacity, Saul oversaw his stoning and ultimate death.
Even after Stephen was martyred, he was still a nuisance to Saul. Like Velcro, Saul could not shake the memory of Stephen’s death nor could he forget his last words –words of faith and grace.
Stephen’s death and the Damascus road experience led to the conversion of Saul. The former enemy of the Cross changed his name to Paul and became an avid evangelist for the Lord.
What is the Velcro moment that changed your life?