Have you ever seen an ostrich? Though awkward and gangly, these birds have a unique way of operating under attack. When threatened, the ostrich attempts to hide itself by lying flat on the ground and sticking its head into the sand. If this technique doesn’t work, it tries to run away. If cornered, the ostrich goes on the offensive with a kick of its powerful legs.
The kingdom of heaven is like a dandelion seed that a gardener planted in the garden; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the most prolific of all flowers, spreading to cover many lawns, so that the grasshoppers in the neighbourhood can come and rest under the leaves.
Title:The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian FaithAuthor: Timothy KellerChristians commonly use the parable of the prodigal son to reveal the heart of the gospel – God’s love accepting back his wayward children. Typically, the parable is said to be about “them,” the sinners of this world. Tim Keller, in his book The Prodigal God, proposes a broader reading, one in which Jesus’ message is also for “us,” the religious folks.