Have you ever felt unnoticed ? It is an unnerving feeling.
I was standing on the porch of a favourite local establishment, ‘East Coast Glow’, holding a paper bag containing my purchase of Avocado and Lime lotion. It is a natural product, containing locally sourced iceberg water, and avocados and limes from Mexico.
I noticed five people walking towards the door of the store, and I smiled at them, to welcome them to this fine establishment. They; however, did not acknowledge me or even look at me.
Quickly I realized that they were tourists to our quaint and friendly fishing town. It is likely that they came from a larger centre far away, where strangers usually do not look at each other or make eye contact. I remember that feeling. When I was a student in Toronto, I remember feeling afraid sometimes if strangers were friendly and smiling at me.
Not so in our welcoming town ! It is unheard of that two rural Newfoundlanders would ignore each other while passing on the street. Everyone greets their neighbour here, and will usually make a comment about the weather too.
Similarly, God notices us, and is concerned about every detail of our lives. I am aware of the Lord’s constant presence with me as I live each day ; this reminds me to always strive to live my life in a manner that is pleasing to God, and my neighbour.
As I left the store, I prayed for the people who had ignored me, and also for the unknown workers who had laboured hard to grow and pick the avocados and limes grown in Mexico.