February 29 is a rare date on our calendar, it only happens once every 4 years, and was instituted as a way to redeem the time that we lose each year within our daylight hours. The orbit of the earth around the sun actually takes a little longer than 365 days, so this was figured up and keeps us on track, adding a day every four years to make up that time and redeem the day. It is a way of resetting our calendar.
As I got to thinking about this, I realized that it is a day that we can also use to reevaluate our relationship with God and really examine and redeem our time as Christians. Too often we get wrapped up in life and fail to realize that God is working on our behalf. We decide that we want things now, rather than wait on what God has in store…we try to force God’s hand, and many times move faster than we are ready to move…trying to accomplish things that are not yet for us to obtain.
We must be willing to wait on His timing, and we must take time to reset our relationship at times, redeeming the time to be most effective for the Kingdom. That doesn’t mean that we are in the wrong praying and asking for things, but many times we think the answers should come in specific ways and in our timing. I would urge you to reevaluate this in your time. It doesn’t have to be February 29, it could be every day of the year…constantly praying and seeking for God’s will and allowing Him the time to work.
In fact, don’t worry about the things that you have no control over…ask God, and wait. Jesus said, “You do not have because you do not ask God,” and we are also reminded in scripture to “Rejoice in the Lord always.” Today, take the time to rejoice in the Lord, thank Him for the things He has done in your life, and redeem the time that you have lost, resetting your walk and pushing on toward that goal in Christ Jesus.
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24