You Plotted Evil Against Me, God Turned It Into Good

by Yvonne Chase on December 2, 2020

On December 2nd, 2019, I had no idea God was setting me up to blow my mind. I had no idea that what was happening to me was actually happening for me. As I said in this post, on this day, one year ago, I moved back into the house I grew up in to help care for my 88-year old father. I had no idea I was walking into a trap.

Putting up a tree, playing great music, cooking a delicious meal, and enjoying a time of celebration and festivities with our friends, family and some of his church family is all I wanted to do last Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of the year for me. Instead, I checked into one of my favorite hotels where I spent four days including Christmas Eve and Christmas because, by that time, the abuser had turned the house into a literal war zone.

I won’t go into all the details now of all I endured during that time, but things got so bad that an order of protection was granted to me by the family court. That order protected me until the day God led me away on September 16th, 2020. I’d probably be dead or in jail if it were not for that order because here’s what I believe with every fiber of my being; my siblings would kill me if they could get away with it. There are no words and I mean no words to describe what I lived through for 10 months. It was beyond evil!

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On the evening of September 16th, before I left, I went upstairs to see my Dad. Early in the afternoon as I did on most days, I heard him screaming at the top of his lungs at her; “Don’t pull me! Stop pushing me! You’re hurting me! Stop! You’re trying to kill me! What I saw when I went into his room will stay with me forever. I was mortified!

About an hour or so prior, I saw the abuser in the kitchen stirring something into his drink and I said to myself, “Is she poisoning him?” When I walked into his room, he was laying on his back with his eyes rolling up in his head and his tongue flailing out of the side of his mouth. It looked like he was high on drugs. He didn’t even know I was in the room. I snapped a couple of pics, said good-bye, kissed him on his forehead, and left.

Since that day, I’ve shown that photo to several people. The unanimous response is shock and awe. One person said, “I was with my grandfather the day he was dying, and this is how he looked. Your father looks dead.” I don’t know if he’s dead or alive however I do know that during those ten months, I did everything in my power to protect him. He’s out of my hands and in God’s hands. Why God allowed an elder to be treated in such an evil way is something I will never understand. Have you seen the movie Misery? The dynamic between Annie (Kathy Bates) and Paul (James Caan) is my father’s life. He’s trapped!

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But what a difference a year makes. Today, I’m all moved into my place aka “The Golden Arches” surrounded by beauty and most importantly peace. It’s so beautiful, so spacious, and it has so much character! Also, I lived to celebrate another birthday in November, and Thanksgiving Day was filled with good music while cooking my favorite dishes and hanging out in my breakfast nook. As we approach Christmas, I’m excited to put up a tree for the first time in many years and I look forward to decking the halls.

I haven’t been on the blog for a couple of months, however, I popped in today because many of you have reached out via email wondering where I am and if I’m okay. Some of you even left comments on my last post inquiring. Thank you for checking on me. All is well in my world and I am doing great. I had a lot of boxes to unpack and a lot to set up while getting situated in my new life.

I’m beyond grateful to be alive and so thankful that my health didn’t take a hit because of all the stress I faced. The body keeps the score which is why I bought twenty mangoes weekly and followed a strict regimen to keep my immune system strong. So, to all of you who wondered why I gorged so many mangoes, now you know!

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In closing, I leave you with this verse, “You plotted evil against me, but God turned it into good.” That’s what he does. I don’t know what you’re going through but I know the only way out is through. He led me to it, he kept me in it, and he brought me out of it victorious. He will do the same for you. Keep going.

Something to think about…

What say you? It’s been a while. Fill me in on what’s been happening with you. Are you putting up a Christmas tree this year and decking the halls or has COVID stolen your joy? 

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Evie December 2, 2020

I have learn that even when we don’t understand, we can yet trust God! Thanks for this post sis.

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Yvonne Chase December 3, 2020

@Evie,

I. Do. Not. Understand. All I can do is trust God at this point. So glad he kept me and brought me out. My Lord!
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Trina Taylor December 2, 2020

Nice to see you. Wondered what happened to you. Glad you are safe and moved on from what sounds like a horror movie.

To answer your question, the events of 2020 were not expected, however, I won’t let it steal my joy. Christmas tree is up and celebrating the season continues as usual.

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Yvonne Chase December 3, 2020

@Trina,

A horror movie would be accurate. I am safe and I have moved on and not looking back. Picked up my tree yesterday and look forward to decorating it in the upcoming days.
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Lisa notes December 3, 2020

So glad to see you back in this space, friend! I knew you’d end up well. Your strong faith and resilience keeps you landing back on your feet. Thank you, God! I pray that this new home will be a place of healing for you as well as the start of beautiful new ministries. I admire you for taking the steps you needed to get yourself back into a healthy and safe place.

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Yvonne Chase December 3, 2020

@Lisa,

Thanks for your prayers and support friend. And yes, my faith and resilience are the only reasons I am here today in my right mind still pressing on. That was BRUTAL!
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Rebecca Hastings December 3, 2020

So grateful in the help that God brings and His faithfulness!
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Susan Shipe December 3, 2020

Yvonne, what a horrid experience…but God. xo

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Yvonne Chase December 3, 2020

@Susan,

Beyond horrid! I have so many questions for God. Why is he allowing this to happen? When is it going to end? How is it all going to end?

That was the WORST experience of my whole life! I mean, I can’t even find words to describe what I lived through. I do not understand it at all.

But God! I shake my head often because I would not be here today if he didn’t keep me and protect me. This was designed to take me out!
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Sarah December 4, 2020

I love hearing how God works in our lives! Thank you for sharing the hard times and the good times in this post!

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Bev @ Walking Well With God December 4, 2020

Yvonne,
So good to see you posting. I’ve been praying for you and wondering what on earth had happened since you last posted. I’m so sorry for the ordeal that you lived through. I don’t understand abuse, other than to say, God allows everyone to have free will and in having that freedom, some will choose to perpetrate evil against others. Sadly, life on this earth if far from “fair.” Praying that you may have a peace-filled Advent and be able to celebrate coming through the wilderness.
Blessings,
Bev xx

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Yvonne Chase December 5, 2020

@Bev,

Thank God for Jesus, I made it through the wilderness. Whew! That was brutal. I like what you say about free will. Some of us use it for evil and others for good.
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Marielle December 4, 2020

There aren’t words to respond to such a horrific experience. I’m so sorry. I pray for your healing and peace. I’m so glad you’re in a better place now. Your faith is inspiring. Happy holidays Yvonne!
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Yvonne Chase December 5, 2020

@Marielle,

There really are no words. It was horrific! That will never be my experience again especially now that I know exactly what I’m dealing with. For that I am grateful.
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Lois Flowers December 4, 2020

Yvonne, my heart aches for your father (and for you as his daughter). but I am glad to hear you’re happily settled and doing well after such a difficult season. A belated happy birthday to you (mine is in November too) and here’s to a joyous Christmas in your new home.

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Yvonne Chase December 4, 2020

@Lois,

Thanks for the birthday wishes. My heart aches for him too. There are days when I wonder if she has him holed up in his room with the door closed while she is downstairs ignoring him as I’ve seen done on many days.

I have no idea why God is allowing this to happen…It’s the most horrific experience of my whole life.

Happy belated birthday to you. Today my friend and I picked up decorations for the tree. It looks beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
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Barbara Harper December 7, 2020

So good to see you back. What a horrible experience. Is there a way to bring other family members, the police, family services, someone in for your father’s protection without becoming entangled again in it yourself? May God grant you a time of healing and restoration after this ordeal.
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Kathleen December 13, 2020

Yvonne, my heart goes out to you as I read your post. I can’t imagine how terrible that time must have been for you. It hurts more when it is family. It started with Cain and Abel and the enemy has continued his mischief in families.
Yes. By God’s grace we look forward and not back and are not consumed by resentment.
I trust your new home will be filled with peace and truth this Christmas time.
Thank you for sharing with us over this last year, and we look forward to more of your insight and wisdom next year. We start again on the 8th of January.
Rich blessings, enjoy the good He intends for you.
Kathleen

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Kayla December 24, 2020

Trust in God everytime!
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Michele Morin December 30, 2020

My head is spinning from the horrors of this tale. Praising God alongside you for his protection.

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Tai East January 11, 2021

Wow! So glad God worked things out for your good! Praying for you and your family!
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Peter July 20, 2021

Wow you went through such a terrible experience! I’m so glad that things worked out. God works in mysterious ways and I’m praying for you!
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