Today is Leap Day. Every four years, we have an extra day in February, the 29th. The reason is that the earth take 365 1/4 days to go around the sun, so those extra quarters of days add up to one full extra day after four years. Why is it called “Leap Year”? Because the days leap ahead by two the next day, so if your birthday was on a Monday this year, it’ll be on a Wednesday next time–you skip Tuesday.
There’s a saying that says to ‘take a leap of faith’. What does that mean? ” If you take a leap of faith, you do something even though you are not sure it is right or will succeed. Take a leap of faith and trust them.” If you’ve seen the Indiana Jones movies, you may think of that scene–Indy has to take a leap of faith and step out from his safe place into a place that looks unsafe.
It may be a leap of faith to believe in Jesus–but when you leap, you do it knowing that Jesus will catch you. Look at this story–Jesus’ disciples saw him walking to their boat over the water and were afraid:
27 But Jesus quickly spoke to them. He said, “Don’t worry! It’s me! Don’t be afraid.” 28 Peter said, “Lord, if that is really you, tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 Jesus said, “Come, Peter.” Then Peter left the boat and walked on the water to Jesus. 30 But while Peter was walking on the water, he saw the wind and the waves. He was afraid and began sinking into the water. He shouted, “Lord, save me!” 31 Then Jesus caught Peter with his hand. He said, “Your faith is small. Why did you doubt?”
Matthew 14:27-31 (ERV)
Know that Jesus is there–if you leap into faith, do it knowing that God is real, He is there, and He will catch you. Always.
Dear Father, thank you for being real and for making me your child. I believe in you and I believe Jesus died for my sins. Take me into your arms and keep me safe in your salvation. Amen.