May it become clear when you should make your escape!

Sophia "Escape" by nakedpastor David Hayward
Sophia “Escape” by nakedpastor David Hayward

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This is the text from this Sophia image, “Escape”, from my book, The Liberation of Sophia. You can order the book HERE. There are 59 images and meditations. So many people have written me to personally thank me for Sophia. I’m thankful for her too!

“All it takes is one small opening
and one small opportunity.

Just underneath the straw in my cell I found a hatch door.
My means of escape was always available to me.
I just hadn’t seen it yet.

My captors are busy playing their games, planning their next move,
unaware that I have found my means of escape and made mine!

I must make a plan. But I have no idea how to implement it.
All I know is that I must escape.
But I need to be clear how. And when.

I felt like a slave for years. Like I said, I tried to ignore the fact.
Then I tried to change the circumstances.
Finally I had to admit I was enslaved. I had to liberate myself.

But I still needed to know exactly when.
I asked for perfect clarity on when I was to make my decision
and I would act on it immediately.

So many things had to be aligned. Like colossal planets.
Everything had to be perfectly in line. And I knew exactly what had to be in line.

I waited.

Then one day it happened. I knew just as clear as I ever knew anything.
It was time! Immediately. I was done! Done with my slavery.

No time to hesitate. Like the exodus, hastily at night carrying nothing.

So I took a deep breath.
I lifted the hatch door.
And I slipped away.
I stole away as suddenly as a light goes out.
I slipped out of bondage like I slip out of my clothes.

Then I was gone. Never to return.


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5 Replies to “May it become clear when you should make your escape!”

  1. Welcome back David! I hope you enjoyed your break. It was lovely to find your cartoon in my emails this morning.

    I remember being at a prayer meeting one night, and every time I opened my eyes I saw the illuminated EXIT sign above the door. By the end of the night, it was all I could think about. My escape came some months later, and unlike yours, it was slow. Deliberate step after deliberate step.

  2. Hehehe… Yes, it was pretty clear where my mind was really at! I had a current song playing in my head at the time as well. It’s a song called “Opportunity” by Pete Murray.

    “Don’t be scared of what you cannot see,
    Your only fear is possibility,
    Never wonder what the hell went wrong,
    Your second chance may never come along.

    Hold on now, your exit’s here
    It’s waiting just for you.
    Don’t pause too long
    It’s fading now,
    It’s ending all too soon, you’ll see.

    Soon you’ll see.”

    I saw it!

  3. O lord, You see where we are, you hear our cries, and you feel, so much pain in us, in this place. May your blood washes us. May the sound of your calling of our names clearer and louder , “o beloved, come to me. Taste and see that I am good.”

  4. We can be held in bondage by our pursuit of whatever it is we think love looks like. I suspect the author of Proverbs 6:26 did not have it quite right when he said that the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread, but as surely as a dalliance with a married woman will cost a man his very life, so also the pursuit of affirmation, recognition and acceptance through organized “Christianity” will cost a man all that he has. It will cost him not only time for relationship with his wife and children, his income, his freedom, his intellect, and his God-given destiny—it will cost him his faithful dedication to and relationship with Jesus, our only true hope. “How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?” (John 5:44 ESV)

    When they thought to manipulate me by withholding the approval I now see I was seeking from them and their man-made “church” organizations, certain “pastors” achieved only the removal of the vary bars that imprisoned me—bars formed, again, from my pursuit in all the wrong places of what I took to be love. Once the bars of a false and idolatrous pursuit of affirmation, recognition and acceptance were removed, I was free to walk away.

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