Hidden From the Wise
Jesus declared, "I thank you, Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes." (Mt.11:25)
Something happened in Garabandal that could leave the wise and understanding of this world perplexed, confused and even scandalized, but to the babes and to those who are wise with the wisdom of God, they know how to interpret this event as one of many other lessons that God wanted to leave for us in Garabandal.
Conchita writes about one night where the ecstasies of the girls lasted from 9pm to 7am the next morning. She says, "That night we played "los tios" with the Blessed Virgin (it is a game similar to hide and go seek). Two of us would hide and the other two would come and find us."
The "understanding of this world" perhaps might ask themselves: "The Blessed Virgin.... playing hide and go seek?... That is impossible!" That’s because it is outside their concept of how Our Lady would act and they don't know how to think as Heaven thinks. Jesus Himself said, "Let the children come to me." He was pleased by those who didn't look for complicated or extraordinary things, but rather trustfully came to Him with a simple faith and above all, with love. In the book "Garabandal: Message of Hope", Father Jose Luis Saavedra writes: “Naturally, the Blessed Virgin doesn’t come to entertain herself, nor to entertain them (the girls). If she comes down from Heaven it's to raise us up.” So all the things that seem to be "not that serious", things that confuse "the wise and understanding of this world" are actually the components of a divine pedagogy that wants to teach something much greater than just a game.
The Blessed Virgin Mary was seeking to indoctrinate and prepare the hearts of the girls for the tasks and trials to come. The Blessed Virgin uses the simplest things to teach them and form the souls of the little girls, encouraging them to give themselves entirely. We find an example of this in the last apparition where Our Lady knows that Conchita was trying to hide her chewing gum and she says to her, "Conchita, why don't you get rid of your gum and offer it as a sacrifice for the glory of my Son?" In this self-giving she leaves it up to us to respond, but she promises us, "give everything that you can and we will help you."