If you don’t watch Nancy Grace, you might not have heard of Zahra Baker. I must admit, I do watch. Don’t ask me why because I don’t know. It is so hard for me to understand why such horrendous things have to happen to an innocent child!
I have never believed that we are supposed to question God, but there are times I simply cannot help but say “Why, God, why? Such is the case of 10 year-old Zahra Baker. Zahra, separated from her mother since she was eight months old, lived in Australia with her father and grandmother where she appeared to be loved and cared for.
At the age of six, Zahra developed bone cancer, having to have her left leg amputated above the knee. She also developed tumors in her lungs. A side effect of her cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, left her partially deaf. She depended on two hearing aids to be able to hear.
In spite of all these health problems, this perky little freckled-faced girl seemed to be very happy with an amazing spirit. She referred to her prosthetic leg as her “Barbie Leg” as she strived to fit in with the other kids.
Zahra’s world turned upside down when she was forced to leave her friends and her loving grandmother in Australia and move to North Carolina to live with just her father, Adam Baker and his new wife, Elisa.
Elisa proved to be a mean and hateful stepmother who abused Zahra. Friends and neighbors reported the abuse but nothing was done. When Zahra visited friends and it was time for her to go home, she would hide, cry and plead to not have to go back to her house.
Finally, Zahra was reported missing. Her evil stepmother admitted to writing a fake ransom note. Zahra’s hearing aids were left behind. Several days later her prosthetic leg was found discarded in some bushes and weeds, then a human bone was found nearby.
Yesterday, police dug a huge hole where they found some human remains, leading everyone to believe that this
precious little girl has been dismembered. Police will not confirm what they’ve found, but the search for Zahra has been cancelled.
I just can’t help but ask why our loving God would allow this to happen. In my human frailty I simply cannot understand.
I am just thankful that little Zahra is at peace now, with two good legs where she can run through green meadows, with two good lungs where she will forevermore breathe in fresh air, and with two good ears that she can hear with the songs of angels to comfort her.