Tell all the Truth but tell it slant--
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind--
"That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.
Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat
and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.
Then he told them many things in parables..."
The Bible, Matthew 13:1-3
When I was younger, parables annoyed me. They seemed roundabout,
I wanted straight up, unadulterated, tell-it-like-it-is truth.
Parables still irritate me sometimes.
But I'm also old enough to know that oftentimes,
I need the truth, but I need it slant.
(Thank God that He knows us better than we know ourselves.)