God’s Word for Today: Leap
Psalm 28:7. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
I couldn’t help it. Once every four years, we have the privilege to acknowledge a day of “catch up”. If you think about it, for 3 years, we simply forget, or not recognize the ¼ of a day that our current calendar requires to keep all the stars aligned. It is almost like a savings account, or tax return that we cash in on every 4 years. An extra day. What am I going to do with it?
We could get into why this is called a leap year. I didn’t know if Pope Gregory XIII leapt for joy when he figured out how to make our current calendar work better or what. But, I read on and found out that due to the extra day, our holidays will “leap” one day, and be two days ahead of the previous year. For instance, Christmas last year, 2015 was on a Friday. Typically, this year, Christmas should advance to Saturday. But, because of it being “leap year”, Christmas will leap over Saturday and be on Sunday. Now, we know.
I have always referred to my Christian walk as one of a series of ups and downs. My heart tells me to continually progress up in my walk of Faith. Like climbing up a flight of stairs. I even envision a plateau every once in a while where I can take a break from advancing up, and simply maintain on the level. What I don’t envision are the holes, sometimes huge chasms, that I have a tendency to leap right into. My fellowship with God and advancement of Spiritual good is suddenly and drastically left behind. I don’t think I have ever simply fallen off the path. I always leap. I make a willful decision that I want to go my own direction. God can go sit on a shelf. It is me time. Can you relate?
After my leap of self. When I have reached the bottom of whatever my poor choice led me to, I then have to look up. God is patiently waiting for me. Jesus silently took the trip with me. Everything is still in place to start climbing back up. Never alone. Always with a helping hand. Time to climb up.
What I really want to do, and I have had hints of it before, is to be better prepared for the next leap. But this time, whether it is simply a pot hole, or if it is the Grand Canyon, my leap will be one of “up and over”. Right before the big leap, instead of putting God on the shelf, I will ask for His help and direction. The only way I will ever leap far enough and clear the gap, is with God’s lifting hands. Sort of like a zip line. Jesus is there with me, strapping me in. Making sure all my PPE is in place and secure. Then off we go till we land safely on the other side. What a trip!!
Today, recognize the times you have leaped and fallen. Acknowledge the hard landing at the bottom because you didn’t look to God for direction first. Then, start your preparation for the next required leap of your life. Prayer, meditation, Bible study, devotions, Church attendance, and whatever else you can do to gain knowledge and increase your relationship with your Creator. Let your heart leap with joy instead of your mind leaping into darkness…...
Prayer: Dearest Lord, Creator of each and every day. Thank you for the days you are my strength and my shield. Forgive me for the days when I have set you to the side. Lord, I know that there will be times in my life that are difficult. Help me to always depend on you God, for the support I need to leap over the problems life will hand me. I need your help daily. In Jesus’, who died to be my safety net when I leap, name I pray. Amen.