Friday, January 30, 2009

Mid Night Blaze

I had a great time at my hometown during the recent CNY celebration. The reunion dinner was great and the food were just awesome. However, our CNY enjoyment was short-lived. A mid-night call on 27th January at 1.30am woke us up from our sleep. The news from the other end of the phone had sent us to the state of shock and speechlessness.

My wife's factory, our investment using our hard-earn money, was caught in a furious blaze. The fire was ignited at a neighbouring factory, and had spread to ours. Trying to rescue some of the documents in the office, several calls were made, and some arrangements was planned. But it was too late. At 3.00am, five connecting factories were declared total lost. We embraced each other in grief. In the midnight silence, we prayed, seeking for God's intervention and guidance.

My wife took an early flight home that morning, while I tried my best to spend another day with my parents. I too, took my flight on the next day, feeling sorry to leave my parents on CNY celebration. Though understood my situation, Mum was in tears when I left.

The mid-night blaze was reported on major newspapers. The Sin Chew Daily, Nanyang Siang Pao, Berita Harian and Metro.



Once got home, I went to the factory with my wife. We were in disbelief, staring at the charred ruins. God is testing us. We prayed to God again and again, not asking God why such thing happened to us, but seeking His mercy and guidance. For we do believe, somehow, it's gonna be God's blessing in disguise.



My wife and I are okay now. More things to be done, and the factory is in the process of recovery. Though slow and difficult, we can manage. With God's help, our spirits are high. This incident had taught us one important lesson: No matter how we plan for our life and our future, It's God who has the last say. May God help us to hand over our lives and our future to Him, and let Him guide us instead.

My thousand thanks to my friends and relatives for their words of concern and support. Great appreciation to fellow bloggers Wahaza, Yaz, Dr. Syuk, Saharil Conten, Azizi, Budlee and non-blogger friends Hairie and Fazlimy for their supports.

25 comments:

wahaza extra said...

Josh, I believe He got bigger thing coming for you; Just be patient; There's no word to say how sorry I was when it was happening during your festive season;

yazrie said...

CUBAAN dan DUGAAN.. Once you get through this mishaps, surely there is something BIG waiting for you at the other end..

SABAR je eh?!
Tu tanda2 ke arah KEJAYAAN...

kak ja said...

Josh,
Sabar bebnyak.. Tuhan, dlm nak memberi yg lbh baik, Dia akan ambil balik dulu yg kurang baik..

Tuhan uji Josh n wife sbb Dia sayangkan Josh berdua..

Ur mom was in tears when u left bukan sbb sedih Josh nak tinggalkan dia tp hati seorg ibu, bila anak ditimpa musibah dan bersedih, si ibu tu beribu kali lbh gundah lagi..

Semoga Josh n wife akan terus tabah..

mazddaud said...

i'm so sorry to hear that...

harap josh & wife banyak2 bersabar ye....

Puan A said...

sorry to hear the news..sedih lak rasa
i know you & your wife, i believe both of you strong to face this situation
God will give u a better future..

PUTUBAMBU said...

sorry to hear that Josh..!

i believe..He has another good thing for you...

just be patient okay..

eQbalzack said...

ishh3...kesiannnnn...

adibah said...

Josh&wifey,

Sorry to hear that. Be strong,okay.

azizi said...

josh,
i was shocked to hear this.
hmm, glad you find comfort under His mercy. There are many things we do not know about His plans. Have faith in that, and i know you will.

Guess, life, fate sort of, is like a puzzle. When you're in happiness, all the pieces fit but when your in misery, it takes a while to get everything back together.

I am praying for you. For everything to be back together, in one piece again, and even better.

Be strong Josh, at least for all of us.

Doulos said...

Hi,
Terrible news to read from your blog. I remembered the time our family have to go through that too when one of our factory was burned down and losses was huge. I understand how you and your wife will feel.
But God is in control and He has greater plan for all of us.
We will be praying for both, you and your wife and family.

Josh said...

[Wahaza] Thanks bro. Indeed God is preparing something better for us. Don't be sorry, God is working in His own way. May God bless you too.

[Yaz] Yeah! I like that, tanda-tanda ke arah kejayaan. Thanks bro!

[Kak Ja] Thanks Kak Ja. Yes, my mum tears because of her worries. She didn't sleep well too, after knowing the news. I pray that God keep my parents well and grant them good health, and they'll be enjoying their holiday here soon.

[Maz] A'ah Maz, kita hanya perlu bersabar, God will make a way. Thanks for the support.

[Puan A] Thanks. it's only monetary lost anyway. Don't worry, we're ok. Your words of concern is a great comfort for us. Thanks.

Josh said...

[Putu] Yes, I can't wait to have a look at the good things that God had prepared for us! hehe

[Azizi] Thousand thanks for your encouragements. Yah, we're in the process of putting together the pieces of puzzle. it's difficult but we managed. Don't worry, we'll be strong.

[eQ] It's no longer kesian if we look at it as God's way to bless us even more. No worry bro.

[Dibah] Will be strong, with God's will. Thanks Dibah.

[KC] I think it's our faith that had helped us to see this matter at a different perspective. The end of our road is the beginning of God's way.
Thanks for the words of encouragement. God bless.

tsar said...

my condolences to you & family Josh...

rerama salju said...

OMG,
betapa berat mata memandang berat lagi bahu yang memikul...Sabar ye Josh,I know you can handle this..be strong bro,May you and yr wife accept this incident as a test to be more stronger for tomorrow's victory..ameen..

budleee said...

from the ashes, better things will come out of it :)

syukur said...

Josh.....there is always up and down in business.... hope you and your wife are fully Ok now.. Had police do their investigations already.?? Any suspects so far ?

eQbalzack said...

banyakkan sabar josh...dugaan tu...

Anak Jawa said...

sedihnya. baru jer tau. ari tuu sms josh tak citer apa2 pun...

apapun sabar dan tabah, ok...

RizaL said...

I was almost in tears reading this blog, something that you and your wife have worked hard for gone just like that. But as always, god has better intentions, keep the faith and hopefully this will make both of you stronger.. sabar dan tabah menempuh cabaran dan dugaan yer Josh.

Josh said...

[tsar] Thanks bro.

[rerama] Thanks for the encouragements. Indeed this incident had made us stronger.

[Bud] O ya, I agree with u Bud, totally.

[Syuk] Yup, the police is working on it. Lots of suspicions. But we move on.

Josh said...

[eQ] Thanks again bro. Yes, kena sabar.

[AJ] Josh x bagitau sebab taknak AJ risau. We're ok, it's only monetary lost. Nasib baik takde nyawa yg terkorban, tu sebabnyer Josh n wife bersyukur.

[Rizal] Thank you very much Zal. That's life, and material things would mean nothing if a life comes to and end. Thanks again.

nazzman ibrahim said...

sabar yer bro,sorry nazz baru dapat berita..

Anonymous said...

When doubts & fears arise, teach me Thy way!
When storms overspread the skies, teach me Thy way!
Shine through the cloud & rain, through sorrow, toil & pain;
Make Thou my pathway plain, teach me Thy way!

- B.M.Ramsey

Sorry to read about the incident...
Rom 8:28-39

sleng

:: NbC :: said...

owh my, just read the news.. be strong Josh..

Josh said...

[Nazz] it's ok bro, i know you're on holiday. Don't worry, we're ok.

[Sleng]Thanks for the words of comfort and encouragements. It's God's blessing in disguise.

[Pinky] Thanks Pinky. I'm strong. hehe