Celebrating Leap Day : The Gift of Time…by Susie

Tell me, dear one, if you have ever said something along the lines of…. “If only I could make the clock stop ticking for just a little bit”.  Or  “if only I could make time stand still.”  Or ” if I could just squeeze in a couple more hours out of my day”.  Any of these sound familiar?

Personally, I’m not particularly interested in having more time when I make a statement such as this, rather I am sincerely wishing that the world would actually be put in some sort of freeze frame while I get to busily work along, unhindered by interruptions and obligations so that I can get ahead! I have to be the only one with this privilege so that I can actually accomplish some things while the rest of life waits on me!

So technically Leap Day doesn’t’ exactly help out with this…its just another day added to the calendar year for everyone.   So really, what’s there to celebrate?  That’s the very question I’ve been asking myself and in turn, laying before the Lord as I’ve been counting down the days to this one special day that only shows up once every 4 years.  Surely, Lord, there must be something of significance for me and my family.  Something more than activities about  frogs and other leaping critters  – as cute and fun as those might sound!  Here’s what the Holy Spirit keeps bringing to my thoughts and what my hearts seems to be setting on : to be thankful for the very gift of time and to be purposeful in these precious years, days, hours and very moments that the Almighty, Sovereign Lord has given to us.

To be honest I’m not sure exactly how I’m going to fully celebrate Leap Day with the kids yet but I thought I’d share at least a couple thoughts that have been running through my mind over the past week or so as I’ve reflected on what significance having an “extra day” could have for us as a family.

I hope to start off our family conversation about the gift of time by enjoying this cupcake clock!   This is my non-champagne copycat version of a super cute cake I found at cupcakestakethecake.blogspot.com  and served at our New Year’s Dinner ( love it when you can stretch an idea into multiple themes!)  As usual, food and celebrations go hand in hand in this family and hopefully this edible clock will set the stage for deeper conversation about time, God’s plan for our lives, and making the most of that precious gift of time.

I want for us to talk about our day, perhaps even our week, and to spend some time in thanksgiving, praising God for the gift of all the moments, whether they were spent well or not.  Whether they brought us pleasure or not.   We will simply thank God for the gift of time, literally for the days in this life he has given us!  Its that simple.  He spoke and He made something beautiful and wondrous out of the black, the void, the nothingness.  And then if that wasn’t enough, he made us and gave us the gift of existing and living life not only in his amazing creation but also in His glorious presence.

You know, as I type this, my plan for our time together is getting simpler and simpler.  No need to rack my brain for some clever craft.  No need to come up with a super duper fun game to play together.  We will eat of some bread (cupcakes) and then eat of the Bread of Life.  We will  simply read from the Word.  Psalm 90 has a hold of my heart.  At first read, this Psalm might seem like an odd one because it’s really more of a lament from the Israelites.  I’m not sure exactly which of their many trials they were going through but it obviously was not a happy time.  Yet, in their misery they still recognize God as the Giver of the gift of life, of time, and the One who determines how many days we will have.  They also turn to Him to ask for His wisdom so that they might make better use of the time that is left to them! Perhaps you recognize some of these often quoted scripture passages:

Psalm 90:12  Teach us to number our days, that we might gain a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 90:17  And the let the beauty of the Lord our God rest upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands.

For years I’ve prayed these verses as I’ve made my daily “to-do” lists or as our family has been working through the myriad of options of ways we could focus our time and energy.  “Lord YOU establish the work of our hands…”  But I want these prayers to go even deeper to focussing on enjoying the days spent WITH our precious LORD.

To quote Eugene Peterson in his book Praying with the Psalms, “Every moment counts, not in the sense that we have to be constantly busy in order to prove our worth or make a mark in the world, but in the sense that ALL TIME IS MATERIAL THAT GOD USES to love us, guide, us, correct us and redeem us.”  Ahh…something more to be celebrated about an extra day added to the calendar year. An extra day for our relationship with God to grow.  Another opportunity to be in His presence and to experience His love, His guidance, His correction and Oh, praise Him, His redemption!

“Day by day, dear Lord of thee three things I pray: to see Thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, follow Thee more nearly, day by day” (by extra day!) Amen                          (Richard of Chichester) 

Happy Leap (extra time to experience the fullness of God) Day!



One Response to “Celebrating Leap Day : The Gift of Time…by Susie”
  1. Mel says:

    I loved this! So awesome to be reminded of who holds our time, and how much God blesses us with sweet precious moments…then occasionally we get the extra special gift of more time! God loves us so much!! Xoxo- Mel

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