The Kingdom of God...
...is like the sun which shines its light and heat to bring life and energy to the whole world. By the light of the sun we see what is around us, by the energy it provides creation is fed, and by its warmth we live.
That's my quick attempt at writing a parable, reflecting on the weather this week. Perhaps you think there are some aspects of the sun which do not represent the Kingdom (the sun rises and sets each day) or perhaps seem a bit negative (it can get a bit too hot)!
But when Jesus told parables I don't think he meant that every aspect of the metaphor he used could be mapped onto the Kingdom - he was pointing to maybe just one or two aspects that were useful for his hearers. That's what I've tried to do above - I'm sure you can do better and I look forward to seeing what you come up with
In the meantime, this reminds me that CS Lewis also used the idea of the sun to talk about his faith getting into every area of his life - “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it, I see everything else.” Is this true for you?