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“ But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  2 Peter 3:8-9 NIV

Happy Leap Day! According to Wikipedia: “February 29, also known as leap day or leap year in the Gregorian calendar, is a date that occurs in most years that are divisible by 4, such as 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020, and 2024…. A leap day is observed because a complete revolution around the Sun takes slightly longer than 365 days. It compensates for this lag, realigning the calendar with the Earth’s position in the solar system; otherwise, seasons would occur at a different time than intended in the calendar year.”

God’s timing includes Leap Years.  I have known 2 people in my life that were born on Leap Day.  They have to wait four years for an actual birthday party on their actual birthday.  Birthdays are one of my favorite celebrations. They break up the humdrum of life, every month, someone has a birthday to be celebrated.  I can’t imagine having to wait four years for a birthday party. Of course, they celebrate each year around the date, but it’s not the same.  God’s timing is perfect. He gives people born on Leap Day an extra special birthday only few have.

There’s no further reading for today, the Bible plan didn’t incorporate Leap Year into its schedule. Today’s verse reminds us, to God, a day is like a thousand years, a thousand years like a day.  We can’t understand His timing, on Leap Day or any day. Our minds literally can’t comprehend God’s clock. We can trust that His timing is always perfect.  

We can trust that His timing is always perfect.

Don’t let anything stop you from enjoying this perfect day.  There won’t be another one for four years. Relish in the moments as God unfolds the day before you.  Write down anything special that happens. Whatever prayers He answers today, write them down as a reminder of His perfect timing.  Make this day special somehow.  

Throughout God’s word, He has His people set up altars of remembrance, as Joshua did, to remind them of what He has done for them (Joshua 4:8-9).  Today, as God answers prayers on this special day, a day that won’t happen again for four years, create an altar of remembrance.  Ways I have created altars of remembrance: pick up a seashell from the beach, save the scorecard from a special round of golf, save a napkin from a restaurant.  Find a token to remind you of what happened. I have a jar labeled, “Lovely Moments” where I put my reminders of what God has done for me in those moments. When I need encouragement, I look through my jar and remember.  Each one is a reminder, God’s timing is always perfect.

Question of the Day:

What token will be your altar of remembrance for today?

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