Shortages and provision.

Casa Kea is having a ton of work on it, and in the middle of it we swapped a car. We had taken our little Fiat in to get some oil, and the workhorse was needing major suspension work on it. But Kea saw a Big German SUV and said… lets try that. So we sold the workhorse for the German SUV. I paid a bit extra to get (a) a towbar fitted and (b) a modern Stereo/ backing camera. Because we want to run the German SUV for 200 000 km or so to annoy the Greens. We left the SUV with the dealer, and disappeared for a week. Within a week a local engineer had made and fitted the towbar, but we are waiting of the sterao and backing camera. Since then, we have had a NZ firm make a rubber mat for the back of the thing. Took a week to be delivered.

There are shortages, and they are not merely electronic. Try Cat food, of all things.

Issues with the international supply chain, including temporary shipping delays, are leading to empty shelves and delays in sourcing parts and components in Dunedin. Brenda Harwood reports.
Temporary shipping delays caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and leading to shortages of products across New Zealand industries are likely to continue until the end of the year, experts say.
After noting the absence of several popular brands of dried cat food on local supermarket shelves, The Star explored the issue and found supply chain issues were also affecting the local automotive repair and hardware industries, along with vehicle imports and building supplies.
Gardens New World owner Brendan Murray said while most grocery lines appeared to be supplied reliably, some imported goods were getting held up.
This was the case with cat food, with stocks of important brands Iams, Whiskas and Friskies running low temporarily.
He believed shipping delays were the cause.
“There is definitely more on the way, we are just waiting to hear when,” Mr Murray said.
“Some has already started coming in this week, and a lot more in the next few weeks, so we should be back to normal soon,” he said.
A Countdown spokeswoman said there were global challenges with sea freight, leading to shipment delays nationally, plus congestion at Auckland and Tauranga ports.
This meant shortages of cat food across several brands, especially Whiskas, although supply should improve as shipments arrived.
Foodstuffs corporate affairs head Antoinette Laird said it was fortunate that New Zealand produced more than enough food for everyone, meaning the impact of Covid-19 on the global supply chain caused only minimal effects here.
“From time to time there have been some intermittent delays on some imported goods, often a matter of a boat coming in later than expected,” she said.

Well, I guess we can expect more of this, as the diverse are valued more than the competent. But we were never promised that things would be easy or good or calm. Times are gettign harder.

The “prosperity gospel,” a central tenet of some churches in the West, is therefore in flagrant opposition with Biblical teachings, which lay out a clear path for Christians to deny themselves the pleasures and attachments of this world to prepare for the Kingdom to come. You don’t have an excuse to forgo this path just because you live in a city or happen to be married—all are called to pick up and carry their cross of faith and tribulation, not a warm blanket of pleasure and comfort.

So, yes, I expect things are going to get worse.