12.30pm. lunch time. umi (my colleague) and i were rushing to complete our tender evaluation. this is my first time doing this and i wasnt very sure of how to go about evaluating the report. so umi helped me and we both were working on it together.
the phone rang. i was already late for lunch. had an appointment with the kelab sukan gang but i was already late. it must be one of them calling to remind me.
but it turned out to be someone else. some one i cannot delay and cannot refute.
"tina, this is Mr S. Are you done with the report?"
"er..i am working on it. i'll finish up as soon as possible and hand it over to you"
"can you bring whatever u have and meet me in my room now?"
"oh, no problem..see you"
ish, it's lunch time and the boss (the Big Boss) had to summon me to his room???? i was sweating cold sweat...sure kena hentam la this time..
so umi and i left to see him..
well, he was ok...taught us how to do that evaluation and even gave us advice on work...very nice of him really, to spend some time teaching small fishes like us...
and then, after umi left, he started giving me advice...christian advice to be more precise. it was good lah, even asked me how i find work, etc ect..
well, there are dozens of christians in my office. even more small fishes like me out there. but i dont know why and how, he remembers me. i think it must be God. so, to cut the story short, he invited me to join him and some other managers for lunch at a japanese restaurant. wow...lunch with the Excutive Director of IJMC and some heads of departments? hmm..
we went there with his Merz. along the way he was giving me so much more christian advice. and he quoted scriptures like nobody's business and all at his fingertips. i must say that i was and still am amazed at him. well, it is indeed a good reminder for me that God is still there and in control. not that i dont know that He's around, just that sometimes i just dont feel it. especially when i am down and he seems so far away from me..Mr S also reminded me of the many promises in the Bible, all waiting for me to claim.
anyway, the lunch was at pj hilton and there were even more christians at the table. of course there were also some non christians like my ex-boss who looked rather (or VERY) surprised to see a little fish like me walking in with one of the biggest guy in the company. well, of course i got pretty good treatment from her on that day. 'nuff said.
i could see more evangelism going on in the dining room. and all of them were talking about God boldly and shamelessly. which makes me wonder, why am i not like that? have i been too watered down by my own jadedness to God for bringing me sufferings for reasons only He knows? or was it because i got so busy that i dont take time to remember his goodness to me? or was it my friends who corrupt my once good heart and strong passion to share?i dont know. maybe all those reasons are applicable. i am sure that these guys have been in the Christian rollercoaster for much longer than i am. and even much more scary rides than what ive experienced so far. but they are going strong.
i had some really good, authentic jap food. raw fish, grilled fish, tempura, etc...and sushis too.
and of course, a little refreshing thought of how God can using the big boss to speak to a small one like me..
oh yes, now i can agree that all things happen for a reason. had i not meet the boss during lunchtime i wouldn't have gotten the much enviable opportunity to hang out with the boss.
and i must say, if you are not a believer of Jesus, or if you dont personally know Him, or not interested in Him, you dont know what you are missing! here's smthg that captured my thoughts from Mr S:
"if the Bible and God is not true, then both u and i are not going anywhere. but if it is true, im going to heaven and you are not. at least i have a 50-50 chance of going to heaven. what about u?"
think about it.