All About Farming
He also said, "The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come." [...]
With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.
Jesus and the Beanstalk
Parables are wonderful things. They communicate a profound spiritual truth in everyday language and in a way that even the disciples can remember. Do you think that crowds would have stayed out in the hot sun of the middle east to listen to a lecture? Not likely. May our mustard-seed-sized faith grow large so that it provides comfort and service to others - with love and humor!