All Things

Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:11-13

His name was Hien Pham. He lived in Vietnam. He was a translator during the early seventies for different Americans, and even Christian preachers, who came to Vietnam.  After Vietnam fell to the Communists, Hien Pham was arrested for aiding the Americans. He spent years in and out of prison.

During one long jail term, Hien was forced to read volumes of communist material, and, under the onslaught of the writings of Marx, Engels, and others, he began to wonder if perhaps God did not exist, if perhaps he had been lied to all of his life, and if perhaps everything he had been trusting in was wrong.

Buckling under the pressure of the propaganda, Hien determined that the next day, he would never pray or even think of his Christian faith again.

The next morning, Hien Pham was assigned to clean the prison latrines. It was a nasty job that every prisoner dreaded, but he dutifully began to do his work. As he cleaned out a tin can overflowing with dirty toilet paper, his eye caught a phrase of English printed on one piece of paper. He washed it off and slipped it into his back pocket, planning to read it at night.

That night, after his cellmates had gone to sleep, Hien took out a small flashlight and shined it on the damp piece of paper. At the top corner, it said, “Romans, Chapter 8.”

Trembling with shock, he began to read:

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

As he continued reading, Hien wept, knowing that God had worked supernaturally to place just the word he needed for that day when he had decided to turn his back on his faith. He cried out for God, asking for forgiveness and restoration.

The next day, Hien asked the commander of the prison if he could clean the latrine again. Hien discovered that some official in the camp was using a Bible as toilet paper. Each day Hien picked up a portion of Scripture, cleaned it off, and added it to his nightly devotional reading, and his faith was strengthened daily until his release.

Spend some time in God’s Word today.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!