Jesus often spoke in parables, from mustard seeds to vineyard workers, and although there are times when (admit it) we all think, “Lord, just tell it to me straight up. What do you want me to do??” More often, the Spirit can work most poignantly through a simple parable, because parables have a way of seeping into our own stories—if our hearts are open to it—in a way that a direct statement doesn’t.
At the beginning of March, our home and car were devastated in the Nashville tornadoes. We were in the house when it happened. By God’s grace, my wife and I heard the alerts going off just a few minutes before the tornado struck, which gave us time to wake up our son and all huddle in a closet with a twin mattress covering us.