Sophia “Trapped” on Behalf of Women

Sophia "Trapped" drawing by nakedpastor David Hayward

Sophia “Trapped” drawing by nakedpastor David Hayward


I thought it was time to repost this graphic drawing of Sophia “Trapped” and its meditation. Here it is:

“I am beautiful.

I am free.

I am wise.

I am Sophia.

How did I get here?
How did I come to this?
Why am I in these chains?
Why am I locked in a dark cellar surrounded
by things that degrade and dehumanize me?

Especially words. Words that are meant to shame, subdue and enslave me.

And they do
because I let them.

Confession: I entered into this relationship because I wanted to. I was not forced. It was my choice. I was free. Although I couldn’t have known at the time, I was also free to submit myself to a cruel master hiding in wait behind beautiful promises.

I signed up for this. But I had no idea what “this” was.

It was a craftily laid trap!

But my wisdom was young. Like a child’s. My trust was naive. Like a child’s.

For a long time I believed that things weren’t really that bad.
Then when I realized they were, I hoped that I could, with endless effort,
change them.
Finally, I had to admit: I was trapped.

Yes, I walked into it. No, I did not mean to be caged.

My exterior life was poor.
However, my inner life was rich.

And somehow I knew, I just knew,
that one day this would release me, liberate me, and save me.

Indeed, I would save myself!”

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Ben is one of the founders and editors of New Roots. When he isn't managing the web site, he can usually be found working on his web design agency or down the pub discussing theology.

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