A little sad isn’t it? I couldn’t find a parsley plant, so I decided to grow my own from seed. After weeks, this is what I have. I’m thinking at this point I could grow a redwood tree faster. As I thought about this experience though, I realized it makes a good practical activity for your kids.
Find some seeds of a plant your children would enjoy. It can be flowers or food, just something that makes them excited about what the plant will eventually produce. You can get a cheap pot and use dirt from your yard. I splurged a bit and used the “good” dirt you can purchase at gardening stores.
As you plant the seeds, tell them the parable of the soils in Luke 8:4-21 (if you are truly ambitious, you can get four pots and try to reproduce the soils of the parable). Talk about how at this point in their lives their faith is like the seeds you are planting. Their hearts are the soil. Even though this parable doesn’t go into these details, I think it is very biblical to talk about everything the plants need to grow. Light, moisture and nutrients can be compared to things that will help them grow spiritually.
If they neglect to water the seeds or you have cloudy weather for several days, your kids may see what happens when plants are deprived of what they need to grow. Help them understand when they don’t read the Bible, pray, fellowship with Christians, etc. their faith will suffer just like the seeds. Sometimes an object lesson is one that will stay with your kids long after it is over.