Because God Is In Control

Because God Is In Control

There are those who are happy that Ariel Castro, the man convicted of kidnapping and raping three women, then brutally beating and torturing them for over a decade, killed himself in prison. Some say the victims don’t have to deal with him anymore, and we as taxpayers don’t have to support him.

There’s truth in that. But that’s not the whole story.

There is irony in his death, of course. That, after being in prison for just a month, he couldn’t deal with it. Couldn’t deal with the truth of his vile acts coming to light. Couldn’t deal with being imprisoned. And yet, he wasn’t exposed to even a portion of what he put those three young girls through.

I can’t begin to imagine the horrors Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight witnessed and experienced. But having your abuser end his life, just as the truth about him comes to light? Having your abuser end his life as a final statement of control? Of trying to get pity and sympathy and attention for himself one last time? I do know something about that.

There is a part of me that wished he would have lived, shown true remorse (rather than blaming the victims as he did at his trial), and surrendered his life to God.

I think the final word should not be from Castro, but from the victims, those three young women who finally have a chance to show the world their spirit and heart. In the video message they released, I was impressed with each of them, especially Michelle Knight who lifted up her faith in this time.

She said:

“I may have been through hell and back, but I am strong enough to walk through hell with a smile on my face and with my head held high and my feet firmly on the ground. Walking hand in hand with my best friend, I will not let the situation define who I am. I will define the situation.”

How many of us would have this attitude after an experience like she had?

She went on to say:

“I don’t want to be consumed by hatred. …We need to take a leap of faith and know that God is in control. We have been hurt by people, but we need to rely on God as being the judge. God has a plan for all of us. The plan that he gave me was to help others that have been in the same situation I have been in. To know that there’s someone out there to lean on and to talk to. …Thank you for all your prayers. I’m looking forward to my brand new life.”

Putting on the new self… there is no better way to show this than in these words she has spoken. Let us pray for the people in this situation, ask God to help us with anger and confusion over their captor, and ask Him to lift up the women who will start their brand new lives with the sun on their faces, away from the darkness they have endured.

Cherie Burbach About Cherie Burbach

Cherie Burbach is the founder of Putting on the New. She is a poet, mixed media artist, and freelance writer. She's written for, NBC/Universal,, Christianity Today, and more. Her latest book is: Art and Faith: Mixed Media Art With a Faith-Filled Message. For more, check out her website.


  1. I think the part the makes me the most frustrated is his ability to exert control where he denied these girls that ability. But in the end, we can see how much stronger they were than the evil that tried to break them.

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