Happy Birthday to all young Leapers!
Each Leap Day I do a quick mental calculation of the number of “days” I have lived in Florida. It will be 8 as of this weekend since February 29 comes only once every four years. (Sort of like mentally calculating dog years).
February 30, 1753
If you were born on February 29 of a leap year, it’s has to inconvenient to wait to celebrate your true birthdate every 4 years. Just imagine living in Sweden in 1753, going to bed on February 17 and waking up to March 1. That’s right, eleven days older! Sweden had to close a time gap. It was their final attempt to migrate from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. An earlier attempt to convert to the Gregorian calendar had failed. So, according to timeanddate.com Sweden had a February 30 in the year 1712 by adding two leap days to their out of sync Julian calendar! (I wonder, what happened to all those February 30 birthdays?)
The Great Leap Day experiment
Yes, there was a Leap Day experiment. A.k.a Man messes with time (in my opinion). Many historical calendars were based on lunar (moon or months) cycles. Albeit, there were variations in the number of months and the number of days in each month. So, Leap Day was a product of the Julian calendar (named after Julius Cesar in 45 BC) to “fix” another problem. Apparently, too many days were lost from the solar cycle. This caused desynchrony with the seasons. However, the “fix” was still “off” by a few minutes. Then, introduced by Pope Gregory in the 16th century, the Gregorian calendar is more accurate but still not 100% perfect. These days, much of the world, except for a handful of Asian or Middle Eastern countries, have adopted the use of the Gregorian calendar.
A Leap Year Food Crisis
One interesting piece of trivia associated with February 29 concerns the explorer Christopher Columbus and his crew. Their food supply had been mercilessly cut off by disgruntled Jamaican natives who got tired of serving them. A crafty Columbus used an almanac to predict a lunar eclipse the night of February 29, 1504. He scared the Indians into thinking God was angry with them. It worked. The food was promptly restored!
The Word of God’s Power
When God releases His Word by His own mouth or through one of His servants, unexpected things can happen in the celestial space. For example, Joshua commanded the sun and moon to stand still (Joshua 10:10-15) so he could win a battle. Then hundreds of years later, King Hezekiah needed assurance of his healing from a deadly disease. So, he asked God to make the sun (shadow) reverse 10 steps. It did (2 Kings 20: 1-11). Later, Jesus commanded a storm to be at peace and immediately the weather calmed (Mark 4: 36-41).
Yes, God holds all things together by the Word of his supernatural Power (Hebrews1:3). What a great season this is to leap into the supernatural promises of God.
To celebrate all things supernatural, we are counting down the clock to Leap Day with a deep discount on Parables, Dreams & Encounters. If you’ve read it, why not share it with someone else? Again, Happy Birthday to all young Leapers!