“For this nation’s heart has grown gross (fat and dull), and their ears heavy and difficult of hearing, and their eyes they have tightly closed, lest they see and perceive with their eyes, and hear and comprehend the sense with their ears, and grasp and understand with their heart, and turn and I should heal them.” Matthew 13:15 ->me: Ummm, wow. I am pretty blown away to come upon this verse today in my quiet time. I look around and see all the passion and focus on the political and social issues of the country and here we have Jesus answering the disciple’s question – “Why do You speak to them in parables?”. Today I started my journey through the 13th chapter of Matthew, the 8 parables taught by Jesus. He started with the parable of sower and the various types of ground the seed landed on. What really hit me was what Jesus said about why He uses parables “To you it has been given to know the secrets and mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.” Matthew 13:11 This is profound! To you it has been GIVEN to KNOW – this is another instance where as a true follower of Jesus, in fellowship with Him, I have an ability to comprehend and understand the spiritual ramifications of Jesus’ teaching while others do not. Thank you, God in Heaven, for the ears that hear your voice and the eyes that have the ability to see You in Your purposes. As I venture out tonight and spend time with co-workers for the 4th of July, help my family and myself reflect You…that you might grant others the ability to see the secrets and mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven!