Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
Matthew 13 : 3 – 4
What helps you remember things? I need to repeat words or names several times until they finally stick in the grey matter. It won’t come as much surprise to those familiar to me that I am not that great at remembering people’s names. I admit to being envious of a friend and former colleague who has this gift – and even recalling the name of a young person from a BB leadership course from ten years previously.
Like many, I am a better visual learner – much more able to understand an idea or topic through picturing it or seeing it on a screen or board. (Disclaimer: Before anyone invites me to help with help with their DIY projects, this does not extend to constructing furniture!)
The words in these two verses illustrate the importance Jesus places on storytelling and the use of everyday imagery in his teachings. Immediately we are imagining the action of the sower and even the birds picking the seeds up.
How Jesus captures the attention at the beginning of this parable is such a great reminder that he is indeed the finest storyteller of them all.
It’s said that people’s lives are just too hectic to take time to read and listen; but, in just a few short verses, our eyes and ears are drawn to the words of Jesus and all that can bloom from this.
Prayer: Loving God, we are grateful for the parables and the storytelling of Jesus. Although familiar to us, help us to always see and live out these words in new ways.
Action: Take a moment to think of ways we can bring the words and actions of Jesus to life amongst the people around us.