His disciples asked him what this parable meant. Luke 8:9
Many tours and cruises to Hawaii include a luau. People like the idea of going to the beach, it’s a real treat at dinnertime complete with entertainment. Tour organizers will if the visitor likes poi, and maybe because nobody wants to look foolish or insult anyone’s culture, many enthusiastically assure the organizer they love it.
As tourists arrives for the luau after a full day of sightseeing, they are greeted by the smell of roast pig and poi. They are ushered in according to the tour group and that’s when they get their first glimpse of poi. Bowls of purple that look like they should taste like berry puree, but instead taste like paste.
Sometimes a person needs a little clarification. In Luke 8 Jesus told a parable about a sower and some seeds, soil, and thorns. The disciples just couldn’t make sense of it. So, instead of assuming they knew the meaning or pretending to understand, they asked Him to clarify. Jesus then explained, in great detail, what He meant by each part of the parable.
God doesn’t expect us to understand everything. His ways are far higher than ours. It’s okay to admit that we don’t understand something or to ask, for more detail. It’s oaky to ask, “What do you mean by poi?” Otherwise you may find yourself looking at a dinner that tastes like paste. It pays to admit when we just aren’t sure about something.