Tuesday, February 28, 2012
This year is a Leap Year, and tomorrow is Leap Day.
Wouldn't it be cool to be born on Leap Day? Well - maybe not! On the plus side, you would
never have to deal with turning 40. To turn 40 in leap years would actually be turning 160 in
normal years. On the down side, you'd have to wait 'til you were 64 before you got your drivers
Just think, if you were born on a Leap Day, on February 29th, then in a non Leap Year, on February
28th, if someone asks, "When's your birthday?" you can tell them - "It's the day after today, but
it's not tomorrow. And it's the day before tomorrow but it's not today."
All this deep pondering aside, what does having a leap day every four years really mean to us?
Does it have any spiritual significance?
Well, the reason we have an extra day every four years is to make up for the fact that a complete
year (based on our solar calendar) is 365 1/4 days.
And then all those quarter days are added and we make one honest day out of them.
Think of it this way - leap day is an extra day we're given because of our imperfect calendar.
Every four years things are set straight and we acknowledge that for the last four years, we've
ignored the messy business of imperfection. We've been sweeping this little secret under the rug.
But there always comes a day to 'fess up and deal with what we have messed up.
Leap Day is a day that we can use to remind ourselves that we live in an imperfect world, one
thats not quite right, a bit off kilter. And just as leap day is a way of cleaning up our
calendar, it can remind us that Jesus is God's way of cleaning up the rest of the mess we have
made of this broken world. Jesus is our Leap Year Lord, who has come to make things right, to set
things straight again. He wipes away all of our sins and imperfections with His blood shed on the
cross for us. He takes our sin away and gives us His own righteousness, to make us complete,
whole, and perfect in the sight of God our Father in heaven. In Christ, we can live at peace with
God, as we follow Him and serve Him each and every day of our lives.
Its not every day that you get an extra day in life, so make sure you make the most of it.
Why not take a leap of faith on Leap Day this Leap Year? Jump in, take the plunge, and do a free
fall into the everlasting arms of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
"Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for great is your reward in heaven." (Luke 6)