Leap Day Reflection: The Importance of a Day

By Kate Barker | Assistant Director – Center for Faithful Business

Leap Day (February 29, 2024) provides an extra day which causes me to pause and reflect on the importance of a day. While I could delve into the Julian calendar or consider the solar calendar and the earth’s orbit, in this reflection I fast forward over how we have historically and scientifically made meaning of time, and rather reflect on how time is experienced.

Imagine a special day you remember favorably, maybe you experienced anticipation of a social or professional occasion, or traveled someplace new and exciting. You might also remember a day you remember with heaviness, maybe you experienced a loss or disappointment, something unexpected. What I notice when I reflect on my memorable days is that my sense of time changes, ebbs and flows, quickens and slows.

Some days we experience exuberance, joy, celebration, elation, delight. Some days we experience struggle, conflict, depression, sadness. Most days, our experiences include a mixture of such emotions and interactions, whether with ourselves, family, friends, or colleagues. There is a dynamic and fluid nature to how we experience time, days, and seasons. Change is the one constant, right?

This leads me to reflect on how I experience God in time, no matter what changes I experience throughout a day or season. God’s presence exists. God is present in the hard, God is present in the good. The Spirit of God is living, breathing, and active in and around me, with me, with us.

Where do you notice the Spirit of God in your day? What a gift to have an extra day this year to experience God’s presence! Psalm 139:7-10 speaks to this consistent presence of God:

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

Happy Leap Day! May you notice God’s presence today and everyday this year!

Center for Faithful Business

Seattle Pacific University

Dr. JoAnn Flett, Executive Director



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