And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefor do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ (Matthew 6: 28-31 NRSV)
Velcro, a combination of the French words velour and crochet, was developed in the 1940s, after Swiss inventor George de Mestral returned home from a walk with his dog and noticed that cockleburs had stuck to his pants and his dog’s coat. Examining the burrs under a microscope, he found the basis for a unique two-sided fastener―one side with stiff hooks (like the burrs) and the other with soft loops (like the fabric of his pants).
Sometimes when I try to decide what part of Scripture I want to explore this week, I look through my study Bible to see what leaps out. I admit there are times when I worry: what if I can’t find anything that seems relevant today?
What if I run out of ideas altogether? Then what?
Since I was worrying, I turned to Jesus’ words about worry. (A clue: Jesus was not into worry!)
Jesus essentially said, “Forget about worry; worry is a useless form of energy!
So, as I was reading this text, (and “Consider the lilies” is one of my favorites!) I noticed that I had written a “note to self” in the margin: “There is no Velcro in Heaven!”
There is a reminder to let go of our anxieties: Don’t worry!