What was your most recent “it will never be exactly like this again” moment?

I had the distinct pleasure of playing drums for a very talented and anointed worship leader this week, Miss Janelle Gmitter. Playing drums is the most lucid, natural musical expression of worship for me even though most people see me behind a guitar or piano. It’s effortless, and therefore lends itself to a spiritual connection that’s different than leading from the stage-center position.

As I was getting lost in the flow that Janelle was leading us in, it dawned on me: this moment of worshipping the Lord will never happen again. Sure, other opportunities will present themselves, but never precisely like this one.

My snowflake moments in life are becoming my most precious. How many snowflakes fall from the sky in northern New York in one storm alone? Untold billions, if not more. Yet it’s statistically impossible for any two to ever be the same structurally.

The common occurrence of rare moments is one of God’s most intentional conundrums.

By default we’re creatures of habit. As people our efficiency excels with repetition. Yet without the infinite possibility of the random we’d be bound to the torture of the mundane.

No two people are the same, nor are the relationships we’ll have with them.

No two works of art are exactly the same, nor are two work projects, two trips to the same destination, two dinners with friends, two encounters with God, with your spouse, or with your children.

I see my kids everyday, yet by virtue of their rapid growth I’ll never have again what I have at the present.

Snowflakes may be common, but that single one over there is one of a kind.

Make sure you take time to savor the rare moments of your common day. You’ll never have them again in quite the same way. By doing so we pay homage to the brilliance of God in giving us a mystery that simply falls from the sky. ch:



Miriam Woodruff · 6 Jan ’12 at 6:32 am

So simply profound. I’ve tried to put it into words, but you’ve said it so properly that I shall have to quote you form now on. “:0)

    Christopher Hopper · 6 Jan ’12 at 8:41 am

    I’m honored! It’s a joy to be able to articulate things others share commonly. I don’t always get it right, but glad I did this morning.

Jillene Narraway · 6 Jan ’12 at 7:28 am

So inspiring as I start what felt like “just another day”. But it isn’t! I love this concept of the snowflake moment… beautiful and powerful!

    Christopher Hopper · 6 Jan ’12 at 8:39 am

    So glad I could help push an awesome woman of God in the right direction this morning, Jillene. You rock.

mooney · 6 Jan ’12 at 8:50 am

It’s incredibly true, sir.And it’s just not for the beautiful moments, but the challenging ones as well, especially with our kids. I have a tendency to lump issues together, but my five kids all need me to respond uniquely to them in order to effectively train them up proper. Wow bro, I will be thinking a lot on this today.

Jason Clement · 6 Jan ’12 at 9:26 am

“I see my kids everyday, yet by virtue of their rapid growth I’ll never have again what I have at the present.”

So true… so cool… yet so painful. Sometimes its easy to forget to stop and enjoy the simplest of things… not realizing you may never get the chance again.

    Christopher Hopper · 6 Jan ’12 at 12:42 pm

    The cruel irony of maturity displayed over time…

Glade · 6 Jan ’12 at 9:59 am

I have noticed that more and more as I grow up and mature. I miss things the way they were when my whole family was together–now they’ve all grown up and made lives for themselves. I miss my sisters and brother, and wish that we could go back to the time when we were all living under the same roof. But I’ve only just started to realize that you can never get the past back, so you cherish those memories and live what you have in the present. Life is good. God makes every moment precious.

    Christopher Hopper · 6 Jan ’12 at 12:59 pm

    Totally agreed. The present exists for make new memories; I think we make lasting ones more intentionally when we realize they’ll never happen again.

Tom Clegg · 6 Jan ’12 at 10:22 am

I see life as a series of “Snowflake Moments”. God has sent us upon this journey, each new experience provides us with the gifts to move to the next. As those gifts accumulate we learn to use each in His glory and soon we are able to use all in Gods Glory, like a musical crescendo we all at once become aware of the purpose of these gifts of experience. These are the “Snowflake Moments” .

Ephesians 1:17 (Whole Chapter)
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Now if we could just get more Snow in the North Country.
Peace, Love, and Granolla, Tom

    Christopher Hopper · 6 Jan ’12 at 1:30 pm

    Very eloquently put, Tom. Thanks for adding value to this post.

Emma e squared · 6 Jan ’12 at 4:02 pm

Agreed. This reminded me of a snowday this past November when my brother, sister and I decided to do all the snow day activities we loved when we were little kids. While we had a blast, we were unable to reconstruct exactly the same memories (mainly because we no longer argue with each other every other minute 🙂 ). In the end though, we created new memories to cherish. Especially as next year my sister and I will be leaving home. Things change, but God has blessed us with great memories.

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