Asia Bibi a 45 year old Pakistani Christian woman was arrested and placed in prison and has been there awaiting her execution for a crime she did not commit. CNN reports that Mrs. Bibi was accused of blaspheming the name of Mohammad in front of her co-workers, but it was later reported that a misunderstanding led the women to accuse Bibi falsely. Bibi states that the women do not like her and wanted to take revenge upon her.
Shahbaz Bhatti was assigned to assess the case and report his findings back to the president. Upon the conclusion of the initial assessment Bibi was found to be innocent and falsely accused. Bibi’s family has been fighting for her release for 15 months in hopes of a release before an execution.
Asia Bibi could benefit from reading a chapter or two from William Backus’ book Telling Yourself the Truth. After being in a situation of being falsely accused, spending 15 months in prison, and pleading for her life Asia Bibi has gone through anxiety, fear, and possible depression. Although I do not know and cannot empathize with what Asia has gone through I know that restoration and healing is possible with Christ (Matt 4, 8,9,12, etc; Ex 15:26). Asia has been through a traumatizing experience that has the potential to go down one of two paths: restoration or destruction. We should pray that she chooses a path of restoration mapped out for her by Christ himself.