Storm clouds quickly rolled in on this otherwise ordinary afternoon, but didn’t frighten this one little girl who was walking home from school. Soon lightning was flashing all around and thunder clapping violently. Meanwhile her mother back at home grew near-frantic for her safety, so she bolted to her car and sped off along her daughter’s daily route. Within minutes she spotted her, but she seemed anything but scared.
Mom became even more perplexed when with each lightning bolt, her daughter would stop, look up and smile, as though fascinated by this light show in the skies. Pulling up alongside of her, she threw open the passenger door. Her daughter hopped in with her face all aglow. Mom questioned, “Honey, why are you so excited?” Without hesitation the little girl simply said, “I’m trying to look pretty because God keeps taking my picture.”
We love stories, don’t we?, little anecdotes that are so real to life, especially those that communicate an indelible message. This Sunday we start a whole new sermon series that will take up us through Thanksgiving. Each week we’re going to probe another little anecdote, taught by the greatest Storyteller of them all, Jesus! The Bible calls these stories by another name, “Parables”. What’s a parable? In simplest terms, a parable is “an ordinary story about ordinary people doing ordinary things in order teach an extraordinary spiritual Truth.”
Why not join us this Sunday and get in on the ground floor of our Fall sermon series in a message entitled, “The Parable of the Sower”?; howbeit it has little to do with the Sower and everything to do with the Soils the Sower sowed.