In this passage, Jesus uses five different but common things from his listeners' lives to invoke a powerful image of the Kingdom of God. I've been trying to think of other common things, from my life --
The Kingdom of God is like a fresh picked cucumber; fresh and cooling against the tongue, rich with flavor and redolent with a tang that cannot be matched with store-bought cucumbers. Fresh and unmatched.
The Kingdom of God is like a flight in a small plane on a clear beautiful day. Transcendent.
The Kingdom of God is like the community around the airport or karate studio times 100 or better yet, the community around a church's family night dinner. Intimacy.
The Kingdom of God is like the bonds found among those who have faced adversity together. Relationship.
The Kingdom of God is like finding your grandparent's love letters in the attic. Love that existed before you were born.
The Kingdom of God is like discovering garnets amid the gravel in your garden. Treasure.
The Kingdom of God is like Extreme Makeover for the soul.