On the 29th February 2008, it was a special day for me. I had taken Rachel and Mia (then my only child) up to Green Park in London, close to where I used to work. It was Spring in England and the flowers were in their splended brilliance, as they are at that time of year. Years before I'd been standing in that same park, in that same spot, praying for my future wife and about Russia, of which God had first spoken to me about in 1999. It was great to take a photo of the answer to those prayers - Rachel and Mia next to the stunning daffadils. I blogged about that back then (on my old blog, which sadly is no longer available, but some photo's and video of that day are shown!) We were just about to head off to Russia (5 months away), so it was great to have taken them up to London on that sunny spring day and for me to be reminded first hand of the faithfulness of God.
And four years on, 29th February 2012 marks the end of our time in Russia - our last day here and moving out of our flat! We fly on 1st March to Tallinn to start what is the next chapter of things in this part of the world, while of course remaining firmly connected to all that we've seen happen in St Petersburg - we won't forget this city, and these people, very easily!
Four years is a long time and yet it feels also to have flown by, with the realisation that we are now moving on from St Petersburg.
And what will be by 29th February 2016 when the next leap year comes about - well, your guess is as good as mine!
God is good and He is so faithful! When He says something, He'll do it. And most of all, His plans for our lives are far better than our wildest dreams of what we might achieve in ourselves. Give Him some room and see what He does in your life too!
(Here's a clip of me rabbiting on about things that day....)