Arrested in 1999 for telling people about Jesus, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. (He was released two years early in February 2012.)
“He was locked in a cell by himself for a year, without a Bible. His stone and concrete cell had one large metal door with a small rust hole that provided his only ventilation. I would stand up and put my nose on the hole and breathe, Bounchan said. He asked the guard who brought his food to send a message to his wife. Tell my wife, ‘Would you please help me? Bring me a Bible. I cannot live without the Bible.'”
I know some of you can’t breathe.
-Little kids wear you out. And they’ll wear you out again tomorrow.
-Living conditions aren’t what you wish they were.
-Paychecks are way too far apart.
-Work is a constant demand from a difficult boss.
-Sickness goes away, only to strike someone else in the household, and you wish everyone could feel good at the same time.
-Lice and nit combs and washing the bedding again is your evening entertainment. (Sorry, sister!!)
-Fear of the future is a concrete cell.
You feel like you’re sucking air through a small rust hole.
Here’s what Bounchan knew: The Bible is oxygen.
Job 12:10 (NIV) says, “In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”
God holds in His hand the air we need.
Open His word and inhale.