As I was pondering all of the things that this new year will bring us, it dawned on me that it is a leap year. Leap years are a year in which an extra day has been added to the calendar to effectively synchronize it with the solar year. You see, it take actually take the earth 365 1/4 days to circle the sun. We don’t live our lives according to quarter days, so it is easier to add a day every four years. Yet, as I think of this additional day that will be added to our calendar year, it reminds me of several things about leaping.
When Jesus shares his message of the Beatitudes in Luke 6:20-23, he concludes with the following words, “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! Take note – your reward is great in heaven, for this is the way their ancestors used to treat the prophets.” This year we are entering is a time in which we can leap for joy in many things because we know that there are many rewards that have been stored up for us. It is a taste of heaven to us.
The Leaping Baby: Many of you have been planning and in expectation of many things. It is as though you were pregnant with potential. The dreams you’ve dreamed and things you’ve hope for are very near the horizon of fulfillment. It is like the moment when Mary the mother of Jesus visited her elder cousin Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard the news of the promised child being carried by her virgin cousin Mary, the baby within her, her very own promised child leaped. It is the synergistic catalyst that happens when we connect to others who are expecting great things to happen, that bring forth a confirming life within us. It reminds us that the promise is not stillborn, but quite ready to come forth.
A Leap of Faith: To perceive many of the thing that this year has the potential to bring forth, it will take a leap of faith. Both faith and leap are action words. The author of Hebrews says in Hebrews 11:1 that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things yet to be seen. Faith requires us to act upon the very thing that we are hoping and believing for. Leaping often means doing something even when we can’t see where it is that we will land. That is a faith leap. All you have to go on is the vision and dream of something yet to occur.
A Quantum Leap: If you ever watched the show Quantum Leap, you are well aware that it involved a man named Sam who traveled through time “putting right what once went wrong“. In terms of science a quantum leap is defined as “an abrupt change, sudden increase, or dramatic advance.” I honestly believe that this year will be such for many of us who enter the year with the expectation of it being so. For many who follow the Jewish calendar, you know full well already that it is a Jubilee year.
In a Jubilee year, it is a year that follows the seventh cycle of seven years. In that year, it is declared a year of liberty. This means that families are restored back to wholeness. If someone was imprisoned or became a servant, they were released to return back home. If there was land that was sold for whatever reason, it was returned back to the family and tribe it was designated to (See Leviticus chapters 25-27).
Years of Jubilee are opportunities for quantum leaps and shifts that catapult us forward exponentially far faster than what is normal. It is a supernatural propulsion like the difference between traveling by horse power to traveling by rocket power. Leap into 2016 with great anticipation that it will be your best year to produce and perform all that God has created you to do.
QUESTION: How do you plan to take the leap into action in 2016?
- Quantum leap (skeptophilia.blogspot.com)
- Plan Your 2016 Devotions with a Bible-Reading Calendar (challies.com)
- it’s that time of year (meghanrushtonjournal.com)