Happy Leap Year! First, let me just get my learning nerd stuff out there. For those of us who follow the Gregorian calendar, a leap year is a year containing one additional day every fourth year in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year. Calendars that have a fixed number of days each year will tend to drift over time with respect to the astronomical or seasonal event with which the year is supposed to correspond. By adding one day into the leap year, the drift can be corrected, and our earthly days and those measured in the cosmos and the seasons will be synchronized once again.
The heavenly bodies and the seasons move at their own set rhythm and pace. And it is we, and our pattern of counting days, that must adjust if we are to be synchronized. Our tendency to drift away from the rhythm and pace that God established in creation requires that a leap be made by us in order to catch up.
And so it is for us in the spiritual realm as well. We drift away from our God. We get out of sync with our Lord’s intended plan set for us at Creation: To live as image bearers of our God. Outside of an intimate relationship with God, the rhythm and pace of our lives become erratic and independent – and eventually meaningless as we move farther and farther away from God’s purposeful, eternal rhythm and pace.
Our God continually beckons us back to Himself. God reaches out to us to stop our drifting. God urges us to follow Him, love Him, walk with Him. God calls us to synchronize our lives with His Spirit and walk in obedience to our God, just as Jesus did. And God does all of this for our own good and out of His unfailing love for us!
And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? – Deuteronomy 10:12-13
If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. – 1 John 1:7
If anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live [must walk] as Jesus did. – 1 John 2:5-6
Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. – Galatians 5:25
Let’s each take a leap of faith – right over ourselves – right into God’s loving arms, back into God’s good and right, life-giving and eternal plans, rhythm and pace for our lives. Let’s each take a leap of faith and let God stop all of our drifting. Let’s each take a leap of faith and keep in step, in intimate synchronization, with the Spirit! What a leap of joy that will be!