I like leap years. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because it adds an extra day to get tax returns done or maybe it’s because they don’t happen every year, so there’s a uniqueness to them.
The additional day is added every four years because the average number of days per year is actually 365.2425. Without the additional day added, over time, the calendar would drift further and further away from astronomical events and seasons. To correct for the .0075 difference, there’s another formula where three leap years are skipped every 400 year period. The last one was 1900 and it won’t happen again until 2100. The point is we have to adjust for the drift.
We do the same thing spiritually – we drift away from God if we aren’t intentional about staying close to Him. This is not about implementing legalistic practices into our lives out of a sense of obligation, but it is like all relationships we value, we have to invest in them.
Today’s Good News is no matter how far you feel like you have drift away from God, He’s really still right there. In fact, thankfully, our relationship with God isn’t dependent upon how well we get this right. Truth is we will blow it often. Yet, there He is – continuously loving us.
The Apostle Paul describes this truth –
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39
That’s pretty clear and all-inclusive – nothing can ever separate us!
So, why do we need to be intentional in our relationship with God? Primarily because it reminds us of this truth. It strengthens our understanding that God is for us and not against us, and that He will never abandon us. The intentionality is for our benefit.
Here’s your reminder for today – you are dearly loved. God is crazy about you and His love toward you is unfailing – whether you get it right or not. That’s really Good News!
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