Jesus used parables to do much of his teaching. A parable is a story to paint a picture, to make a point and/or give a contrast. He was the Master storyteller.
We all paint pictures of circumstances by our actual participation in art or by the way we tell our story. We can tell it in a negative and pessimistic way or in a positive and full of faith way.
Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), wrote, “Poets, prophets, and reformers are all picture-makers — and this ability is the secret of their power and of their achievements. They see what ought to be by the reflection of what is, and endeavor to remove the contradiction.”
Many times by painting the picture we can more clearly see the story we are trying to tell and may therefore more clearly tell it to others as well.
“For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.” Jesus