cartoon: beds

This is not to argue whether demons or angels are literal beings. Neither is it to argue that we should never sleep comfortably but always painfully. I intended to write “faith” above the comfortable bed and “doubt” over the bed of nails, but that would imply that faith was a bad choice. Struggling for some time to come up with the right captions, the image finally spoke for itself. It is very often true that if we choose comfort it might be a temptation to resign from struggle. It is also very often true that when we choose a struggle there is somehow comfort provided.


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14 Responses

  1. Rob says:

    It’s not the same point you are making, but I see it a little differently- to me the demon represents evil and chaos and pain and lies that attack our hearts and minds. The angel represents God’s presence, grace, beauty, love, rest.
    Most in the church world are not given permission to be at rest despite our difficult circumstances; indeed, we are taught to be miserable and torture ourselves even when things are beautiful.
    To me this is Psalm 23 vs. Galatians 3

  2. Regina says:

    Symbols are inherently unstable, containing within themselves contradictions. I think that is one reason they have so much power- our psyches, wanting simplicity of truth, start wrestling with them to get them to have an integrated meaning. It is much easier think in dualities: yes/no, black/white, good/bad. But symbols are, by their very nature, multivalent. So the inner psyche keeps playing with them, polishing them,integrating them. The more the symbol is resistant to being reduced to one either/or, the greater its impact, I think. The more we explain away the contradictions, the less power the symbol has to truly form and reform us. I will be playing with these beds and spirits for a long time. Thank you, David.

  3. Karen says:

    Could the nails be the box spring and surrender the mattress? Trusting God knows what He is doing brings peace in the painful process of God working in me. Choosing comfort on my terms blocks the true Comforter.
    In two simple drawings you have provided much to ponder.
    Thank you.

  4. Steve Martin says:

    I am reminded (in the cartoon) of the battle that rages in us and for us.

    The devil is after us, and so is God.

    The devil finds fertile ground in our comforts, and God seems to prefer the tougher times in our lives for His efforts.

  5. andrée (the other francofun...) says:

    What I see in this cartoon is that sometimes in the Christiann life, we get comfortable in our routine…chuch, friends, ministry that we enjoy doing (like music maybe), we can even fall asleep in our own self righteousness, and we do not realize that we have lost our way. When it gets too easy maybe its time to open our eyes and ask tough questions. The path of the believer can be joyful and peaceful but I don’t believe it is suppose to be easy…I love that cartoon David..

  6. jennw2ns says:

    Indeed. I, too, am a fan, though not always functionally of the realities you are depicting . . .

  7. nakedpastor says:

    that’s okay jennw2ns… complete agreement would be weird. no?

  8. Mark says:

    ***** It is very often true that if we choose comfort it might be a temptation to resign from struggle. It is also very often true that when we choose a struggle there is somehow comfort provided.

    To me, this is very clearly portrayed and the image speaks for itself. I know that when you are in the creative process, it doesn’t seem clear, but I think you “bed of nailed” it with this cartoon. Very cool, no words needed.

  9. Julia says:

    Wow. This speaks to the fact that I’m constantly trying to find comfort outside the painful realities in my daily life.

  10. Jon Strong says:

    Are you selling this one?

  11. nakedpastor says:

    print or original?

  12. PamBG says:

    I’m trying to remember who said that there is a difference between faith and credulity.

  13. nakedpastor says:

    Hm. I think it was Anne Lamott said that the opposite of faith wasn’t doubt but certainty. But I think she got that from Luther.

  14. PamBG says:

    I’ve heard that too. But the differentiation between faith and credulity really struck me. In my experience, so many people demand credulity and it’s what keeps the institutional church from being a place where faith can really grow.