Have you ever been eyed with suspicion ?
It happened to me today !
I was innocently walking around town taking photographs, when I noticed local residents glaring at me, and frowning.
They thought I was a tourist !
Tourism has been banned here in NL for the time being, but visitors have been arriving anyway, ignoring these instructions.
Thus, our government held an emergency meeting yesterday, and passed a law giving the police new powers.
They can now : ‘stop vehicles, enter any premises, and detain people and take them to the border if they insist on visiting’. The message is clear: ‘stay away’.
The ‘virus’ has changed the world, so that even friendly Newfoundlanders are threatening to have the police send visitors home !
Three possible spiritual scenenerios are likely to result from the pandemic. People who have a strong religious faith will find their faith strengthened. They know that God is always in control.
Other people may decide to place their faith in God. Let us pray especially for this group. God is a jealous God (Exodus 20:5) and expects that we will make honouring him the first priority of our lives. God loves us, and seeks a relationship with each of us.
A third group of people will likely continue to ignore God, and place their faith in scientists to find a cure for the virus. This group may experience increased disillusionment and frustration as the desperate search continues. Secular humanism, in the end, without God’s guidance, always ends in disaster.
Pictured is the Newfoundland Salt Company, which sells sea salt made from evaporated ocean water. They will not be doing business this year.