Leap Year 2020

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It takes three springs to make one leap year. ~The Comic Almanack, c. 1852

As March begins in a Leap Year, one of my doodles reminded me I had NO idea what March 2020’s Leap Year would bring. 

On March the ninth, a Monday,  I noted in my 2020 journal: 

Tensions about the virus; it affects older people —US. 

Seriously —on  that  February 29 I could never have imagined the coming craziness. Given the news today, well, I hope I remember the lessons I learned through COVID-19, etc.  

Remember this Leap Year

One— God was not— is not — M.I.A. 

Refreshing myself, I listened again  Dr. Tony Evans’ A “Devine Disruption.” 

It’s as useful in  March 2024  as it was in  March of 2020  — in our culture and especially in the church. He directed folks to 2 Chronicles 15, especially verses 5-6 and 15. *

. . . During those dark times, it was not safe to travel. Problems troubled the people of every land. Nation fought against nation, and city against city, for God was troubling them with every kind of problem . . . [Then] They earnestly sought after God, and they found him. And the Lord gave them rest from their enemies on every side.

 Two — Make Sure I Am Not M.I.A. 

With the pandemic and subsequent political upheavals so many of my “core” beliefs feel as if they have been dumped— upside down and backwards.  Some days are crazier that others in the past four years; some are more frightening than others.  

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What the Pandemic Felt Like

Lessons for 2024

Three— Ways to Stay Active in Puzzling Times

1. Make A Straight Edge

Nobody ever showed me how to work jigsaw puzzles. (Or I wasn’t too interested in learning, is more like it)

Then, our daughter — when she was oh so young —showed me a trick: make a straight edge. Then,

  • Pick out the all the straight edges of the puzzle — and make a border. 
  • Next, rough sort similar colors. Refer back to the cover— and start. 
  • Don’t jam pieces together. 
  • Be willing to take a break.  

Through the past four years, God has kept putting His hope in front of me — through creation and His word. ( Psalm 19 ) That has been my straight edge.

Staying in touch with others who have bigger problems than mine keeps reminding me not to “rough sort” people and their heartaches.

Reading widely — for me — has also taught me: quit shoving  people into pigeon holes.  

2. Keep working on Puzzles . . . Real and Imagined

Keeping working, though as a child —

When I was a child and would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ~Fred Rogers (1928–2003) 1994

3. Look for the Helpers, and don’t forget to be one as times seem . . . dicey. 

 In some ways, I am way less able to be a helper than I was in 2020 . . . and that’s sobering. But I can remain willing to take a risk, just  a stranger took a risk to help me at the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

Yes: Taking Risks Seems Riskier

So be willing to take a break rest and let God help you  try to figure stuff out. (Jeremiah 33:3)


Because of  the reality of war, terrorism, natural disasters, sexual politics, and persistent  disease in 2024— that I could not have imagined in 2020 —I need to keep remembering Who hasn’t left their post.  In fact He makes house calls. 

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Don’t be like that ’60’s song . . . “I hear you knocking, but you can’t come it.”


*If You Want to Know About I & II Chronicles  

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