The parables of the kingdom that Jesus told are word pictures that entreat the hearers to engage the imagination and visualize the story.
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My children still can’t believe that I am unable to discern the three-dimensional image in a magic-eye picture. “Dad, go like this,” they advise, looking at the picture cross-eyed, or touching their nose to the surface and backing up slowly. But no matter what I try, still no image. Only a vague sense of failure and frustration. “Don’t worry, Dad,” they say with a sympathetic pat on the shoulder, “you’ll get it one day.”
The puzzled look in her eyes told me I would have to suspend judgment and get back to her after I had studied the matter.