Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. Matthew 19:14
A couple years ago I gathered a hodge podge of tiny props and flat ground growling herbs to make my little girl a fairy garden. I had always been captivated by the adorable tiny gardens I had seen on Pinterest and in magazines but hadn’t get had a chance to try them out myself. I was finally ready to begin crafting this wee garden.
Then reality set in. I hadn’t planned my layout well. I planted the plants and my daughter picked at them. Then it didn’t matter where I placed the tiny bridge and furniture because my curious toddler was going to snatch and relocate them anyway. I should’ve seen that coming.
Then the other day inspiration hit. I looked at the over abundance of tiny toys in our living room, bathroom, and back porch. I saw 2 tiny cacti 🌵 at the garden center. I had drainable soil. I looked at the sea shells we collected at the beach the other day. So I put it together and displayed it behind the bushes where we could see it from our school/art window.
We live in a location that gets decent rain. So I chose a drainable mix and planted the cactus. This garden has been placed in a spot in my yard where I don’t water. The container and the drainage mix will prevent the cactus from being over rained on and I don’t have to water it. Maybe I’ll change the toys out from time to time and my daughter and I will make up stories about what the characters are doing.
I was thinking about that time when Jesus said, “let the little children come to me” and there were people who were pretty upset about that.
Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little ones come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there. Matthew 19:13-15
It was nice to let go of the magazine cover perfection and make the fairy garden fun, flexible, and imaginative. This little activity was child-like for me and it caused me to think about Jesus’ words. As a adults we have responsibilities and cares but even Jesus reminds us of how good it is to be more like children. Some of their attributes include purity, being forgiving, loyalty, playfulness, and imagination. I wonder if we would all do more good in the world if we were more like them. I wonder if children would do more good in the world if we included them more.
So here’s to using the imagination, no matter what age you are!