There was terror in the woman’s eyes !
Accidently, I had pushed my shopping cart too close to her, and she reacted in fear, thinking that I, a mild-mannered rural housewife, could be someone who infects her with a deadly virus.
She was wearing a pink face mask, and mine was blue.
We were shocked by what we saw when we travelled for two hours to a Wal-Mart store yesterday.
There were directional signs everywhere. Newfoundlanders, normally so laid-back and friendly, scurried about minding their own business, concentrating on getting their purchases quickly. Everyone’s body language and furtive eye movements told the tale of people under severe stress.
Because these changes were new to me, I accidently walked in the wrong direction and scared the unsuspecting shopper !
My husband wanted to shop for some grass seed to repair our tiny area of super nice grass. He also needed a new lawn sprinkler. (water use is free here in rural NL)
My goal was to stock up on Swiss chocolate, and I bought eight bars.
Yes, I know that hoarding is not nice, but we all have different ways of dealing with stress, and I needed to replenish my supply of my favourite comfort food. We do have chocolate in our tiny town, but it is not Swiss. These bars will last me a long time.
Fear never comes from God. Perfect love, scripture tells us, casts out fear.
Yes, of course we all need to be prudent and take proper precautions at this time, but the cultural changes I am witnessing here on our fair island are disturbing.
We need to keep casting our worry on the One who cares for his beloved.
Let us keep trusting, and not be afraid.