I turn to look at the man at the desk as I walk through the entrance. I notice he is wearing a mask and sitting at least 50 feet away from me behind a long desk.
“You MUST wear a mask to enter!” (I am following instructions. I wear a mask. Who do you think you are to be different?)
“I can’t.” (I shake all over when I wear one. It is dehumanizing to cover faces so that people’s expressions are not seen. My conscience bothers me if I wear one. I am not sick. A mask can’t protect you anyway since the virus particles are so small they will pass through “street masks.” It prevents me from breathing correctly and from talking clearly. Besides, the governor is lying to us about the threat of this virus. I prayed. I read the statistics, and I am not stupid. And, I know about herd immunity. A mask will not stop fear. Small businesses have been shut down. Many are unemployed. For lies. I will not submit to fear and lying propaganda. I am not afraid. My God is my Protector.)
“Uh…” (I don’t know what to do. You are supposed to listen to me. They didn’t tell me what to do if someone says they can’t wear a mask.)
“I’m just going in to drop something off.” (I’m not going to breathe on you or anyone else. I’ll be quick.)
“Uh…” (I don’t have any way to stop her. They didn’t give me handcuffs, a baton, a taser, or a gun. And, I’m not equipped to do anything. What if they catch me letting her in? Will I lose my job? She’s in now anyway.)
(It’s ok. Really. Relax. It’s alright. I’ll just be in and out. It’s all good.)
The store was rearranged so there would be plenty of room to move around without getting close to anyone. A couple of people seemed to move away as I entered. I went to the lady wearing a black mask sitting behind the large clear plastic panel in front of her. It had a hole cut out so she could pass small things through and collect payment. I spoke briefly with her, handed her my delivery, smiled, and quickly walked out.
Whew! I got through another barrier to doing business. This was hard. But, I have no choice. I must draw on Holy Spirit to give me courage. And I must make a statement for freedom.
This is the United States of America. I never thought it could be like this.
Click here to read about a woman arrested for not wearing a mask. Yes, in the U.S.