OKAY, I JUST HAVE TO VENT because I'm tired of being berated by unmasked people, for wearing a mask whenever I enter a public facility. Normally, people in shopping centers simply ignore each other, but occasionally there is someone who feels a need to let you know that they think you're moron for wearing a mask - usually by staying silent and tossing you disgusted glance while you're standing in line, waiting at the checkout.
Well, this morning I got a double-whammy, and it just "hit me wrong" and I have to let it out, or I'll rupture something...
To avoid large crowds, I usually do my grocery shopping early in the morning. and this morning at Walmart, there just happened to be a small "traffic jam" by the shopping cart section.
Some guy standing next to me grabbed a cart and started to push it in front of mine, just as I was trying to cross through the small gaggle of people, to get the alcohol wipes dispenser. Clearly irritated, the stopped and impatiently waved me on to allow me to get in front of him, because he thought I was heading for the automatic doors to get into Walmart.
Smiling behind my mask, I thanked him, and told him to go ahead because I was trying to get to the alcohol wipes dispenser to clean my shopping cart.
Instead of simply moving on - before hastily pushing his cart past me and heading through the automatic doors - this mask-less wonder made a show of screwing up his face and rolling his eyes, and saying, loud enough for everyone to hear, "Oh, great ... another one afraid of COVID!"
While I don't normally respond to rude people, this time, I really, REALLY wanted to, because I've had ENOUGH of this nonsense of being berated for MY CHOICE to use common sense during a world-wide pandemic!
Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately, because my carnal was ready, willing and able to show its ugly face!), I needed to get to that alcohol dispenser, because I didn't want to push an unsanitary shopping cart around.
Here is what I would have LOVED to have said to that guy had I simply gone for it and left my shopping cart to follow him into the store to LOUDLY give him a piece of my mind:
"No, you jackass - I'm not 'afraid of COVID.' Unlike YOU, I'm just doing MY part to try to stem the tide of this pandemic! People like YOU are THE reason COVID is never going away, and why hospitals are filled to capacity with COVID patients! And people like YOU are THE REASON, we've now got a new "variant" that's worse than the Delta Variant!
"So, go ahead and make fun of people like me, and be a selfish jerk, who refuses to wear a mask to protect yourself and others; and keep on pretending this pandemic doesn't concern you. But DON'T YOU DARE put me down for MY CHOICE!
"...Oh, and by the way, I also sanitize all my groceries before I take them into my home. And then I wash my hands thoroughly before touching anything. MY CHOICE, buddy - and it's NONE of YOUR business!"
People, COVID has truly brought out the worst in humanity (including me, because I'm becoming evermore angry toward those who refuse to, at the very least, put on a mask). Like most everything else today, this pandemic has turned into an "us against them" situation - even among Believers.
I can't tell you how many times I've had people on Facebook tell me (usually via private messages) that, because I am vaccinated and wear a mask, I "don't trust God." (Yeah, right - LOL!) To them, I say, "I trust God; I'm also smart enough to NOT TEST HIM!"
Not even Yeshua "tested" Him!
Matthew 4:5 Then the Adversary took him to the holy city and set him on the highest point of the Temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “jump! For the Tanakh says, ‘He will order his angels to be responsible for you. . . . They will support you with their hands, so that you will not hurt your feet on the stones.’”7 Yeshua replied to him, “But it also says, ‘Do not put Adonai your God to the test.’”
Deuteronomy 6:16 Do not put Adonai your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah [testing].
Luke 4:12 Yeshua answered him, “It also says, ‘Do not put Adonai your God to the test.’”
It seems to me that most of the world is TESTING ADONAI....