On Friday the 13th, Concept One (Wheel Gallery) co-owner Sam Liuson was visited by a most unfortunate tragedy when an acetylene tank exploded in his shop and started a fire that gutted practically the whole building that housed his main office and showroom in just a couple of hours. No one was injured, thankfully, but much of the company's inventory went up in thick, black smoke. Anyone with lesser fortitude would have cursed at fate--possibly even at God.
Instead, Sam, a Christian of commendable faith and conviction, took to social media to share these photographs while thanking the firemen who responded to the incident as well as the countless friends who sympathized with him and his family.
When the fire had been completely put out, he posted: "The fire is out, nobody got hurt. We lost a lot of our stocks, but nevertheless we are all fine. I still thank my Lord and my God. God is sovereign. God is in control."
He then went on to thank those who came to his aid.
"To all the firemen who responded, I don't know you but you came to help. Maraming, maraming salamat! So many of you called and texted me today during the fire. From the bottom of my heart and from our Concept One/Wheel Gallery family, thank you so much. For those who said a prayer for us, that is why not one of our staff and neighbors got hurt, and all our office documents and computers are intact. God bless you all. (And yes, we had the wisdom to insure from fire.) Thank you all for your concern. Especially those who came just to stand with me, bring food and drinks. I can't thank all of you enough. God bless you all."
And then earlier today, he shared this biblical verse (Job 2:9-10) on his Facebook wall: "Then his wife said to him, 'Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!' But he said to her, 'Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?' In all this Job did not sin with his lips."
We're not imposing any kind of faith or religion on anyone. We just want to share the inspiring way our friend has handled a personal calamity. In a year that has subjected our nation to a series of natural and man-made disasters, we can all learn a thing or two from Sam.
Photos from Sam Liuson's Facebook page