My Grandmother Birdie Mae Rollins was born on February 29, 1872. Because she only had a birthday every four years, the family joked that Birdie got married at age three, and had her eight children when she was four, four and a half, five, five and a half, six, six and half, seven and seven and a half.
A year is defined as the time it takes for the Earth to orbit around the sun once. It takes the Earth about 365 ¼ days to make one entire orbit around the sun (a day is one rotation around the Earth’s axis). By adding one extra day about every four years, the Earth is in the same point of its orbit at the same time of the calendar year each year. I often wonder what God thinks of these human contrivances. It must amuse God that we as humans have to be so “organized” in His world, which is already perfectly organized and has been since He declared it all “good.”
In the book named for him, Job found his friends had lots of ideas about why he was suffering, but in the end the truth revealed itself. God had “allowed” Satan to mess with Job because God knew Job would never renounce Him. Most of us would hope we’d never be put to the test the way Job was, but can any of us truly say we understand God’s intentions? The Lord told the prophet Isaiah, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” So while we as humans can easily justify our attempts to organize this world, let’s all remember just Who put it all into orbit in the first place.
Creator God, we marvel at Your works, which are too magnificent for us to understand. Grant us a peace in which we can simply worship You for all You have created, without having to alter it in some way to suit our human purposes. Amen