2.29.2012

Reflections on Leap Day

Leap day has always been one of my favorite times. I'm an introspective person, and today seems to provide a special opportunity to look back over a unique expanse of time and think about how far God has brought me. I remember doing that even as a child, in 1988, thinking about how I was practically a baby the last time there was a leap day, and how I'd be in MIDDLE SCHOOL (practically a grown up!) when the next one would come. I named leap day "Good Lord Jesus Day." Who knows how I came up with that awkward wording…I just remember sitting in my bedroom that night, feeling overwhelmed with the love of my heavenly Father who controlled the time and set each day in motion.

I wasn't always that close to God when leap day rolled around. My teenage years and early twenties were a time of pretty intense rebellion. But this special day always caused me to think, just a little bit, about the choices I was making in my life. And once again on this February 29th, I'm reflecting again.

Four years ago, I was dating a guy I really liked a lot. We're two and half years into our marriage now, and our bond is closer and stronger than ever. I thank God for that.

Four years ago, I was a classroom teacher in Florida. Now I am impacting education on a greater scale: I've published two books and am working on a third. I'm working as an instructional coach and consultant (two things which were always a dream of mine) and able to devote far more time to helping teachers through my website. I thank God for that.

Four years ago, I was happy and growing daily in my walk with the Lord. That has continued, and He has taken me to new levels. I have experienced his presence and deepened my faith in ways I never thought possible.  I thank God for that.

I can't wait to see what's next. Four years from now, we hope to have a toddler or maybe even a preschooler in our home. I hope to continue contributing to my field in the same sorts of ways I am now, but on a bigger scale. I hope to be cherishing my family and friends and every day God gives us together. I hope to know Him more, to keep changing from glory to glory as His plan for my life unfolds.

I hope you'll join me in this reflection, whether it's privately between you and your family or even just you and God, or whether it's publicly  in the comments or in our Facebook community. What were you doing 4 years ago? What has God taught you? What do you hope will be happening 4 years from now, and where would you like to be in your spiritual walk on leap day 2016?

2 comments:

Odette said...

What a good idea: to reflect on what we were doing last leap year.

Four years ago I was suffering from mega stress coping with being a member of the Senior Management Team and Grade Head, and coping with the fact that my husband has lung cancer.

Two years ago I made the difficult decision to resign as a member of the SMT and as a Grade Head. This obviously reduced my workload by about 70% and freed me up to spend more quality time with my husband.

I don't regret the decision. I am now an "ordinary" teacher (is there such an animal?) and only have to (officially) worry about 36pupils as opposed to 120.

It's been a challenge to be a register teacher again (home-room teacher in America?) and interact with the 18-year-olds in their final school year. But whatever the register challenges are, I am still so thankful that I am not a member of the SMT at this moment.

Who knows what will happen in four years' time? Only God, and it's wonderful to know I can entrust my future to him.

Odette said...

What a good idea: to reflect on what we were doing last leap year.

Four years ago I was suffering from mega stress coping with being a member of the Senior Management Team and Grade Head, and coping with the fact that my husband has lung cancer.

Two years ago I made the difficult decision to resign as a member of the SMT and as a Grade Head. This obviously reduced my workload by about 70% and freed me up to spend more quality time with my husband.

I don't regret the decision. I am now an "ordinary" teacher (is there such an animal?) and only have to (officially) worry about 36pupils as opposed to 120.

It's been a challenge to be a register teacher again (home-room teacher in America?) and interact with the 18-year-olds in their final school year. But whatever the register challenges are, I am still so thankful that I am not a member of the SMT at this moment.

Who knows what will happen in four years' time? Only God, and it's wonderful to know I can entrust my future to him.