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The Bird’s Nest By Robin Carter — Her Story, God’s Glory

Her Story, God’s Glory

By Robin Carter

Robin Carter - Bird's NestSometimes when bad things happen to us we may feel that life is unfair; like perhaps while you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, everyone else seems to be doing well. You’re suffering from an illness that you just can’t seem to shake. Birth defects such as no extremities, blindness, and deafness are closing in on our unborn children. Other disorders such as heart disease, cleft lip, spina-bifida, club foot and many others are on the rise. I could go on and on naming different types of birth defects, but let’s pause for a moment and think. Why does God allow for these types of things to happen to unborn children? And why does He allow bad things to happen to good people? This is one of the most difficult questions in all of theology, but (Ecclesiastes 7:20) states, “For there is not a just man on earth who does good and not sin.”So this means that none is good. God is eternal, infinite, omnipresent and omnipotent and so righteous. We as humans should not expect to understand God’s ways. The Book of Job tells us about certain issues. God had allowed satan to do everything he wanted to Job, except kill him. Take notice that I intentionally spelled satan’s name in lower case, because that’s where he belongs, “at the bottom.” The story of Job reminds me of a certain woman who suffered from a disease called Vitiligo. This disease attacks the skin and causes it to lose its color leaving blotches on various parts of the body. When the cells that make pigment (color) are destroyed, Vitiligo occurs. This disorder affects all races and both sexes; however it is more noticeable in people with darker skin.

At an early age a good friend and family member, Tina Hopkins was affected by Vitiligo. She tells the story of how difficult it was growing up—sometimes almost having to fight to protect herself. People would call her names, ridicule and belittle her because of her condition. She stated that her boyfriend (Ryan), who is now her husband, never made her feel uncomfortable, but always told her how beautiful she was. Over time the pigmentation grew broader and more widespread as she grew older. Throughout her entire life she experienced the cruelty and evilness of people, but in spite of all the negative things people would say and do, Tina always had high self-esteem. She stated that her condition affected her family far worse than herself. She never understood though, why this disease attacked her, opposed to anyone else in her family. Now that she has found Jesus and accepted Him as her Lord and Savior she understands that God allows certain things to happen so that He can get the Glory. People who have heard her Testimony have been blessed and are able to cope with situations of their own because of her story. Various churches have invited Tina to come and be a blessing to their ministry. She didn’t know how or when things would change, but she knew that God would get the Glory out of it all. It seems that Tina’s condition has taken total formation now, for her skin is an even, ivory tone and she is more beautiful than ever before. All things are from God, through God, and to God, the Glory is all His.