Jennifer asked me to shoot a few pictures of her and Levi while it was snowing yesterday morning. She came downstairs in a beautiful black gown, and she asked me to wrap Levi up in one of her favorite blankets.

What happened next was magic.

With the snow gently falling, she and Levi posed in our front yard, supported in the background by a melancholy thicket of branches bowing under the weight of the heaven-sent dust.

All I had to do was depress the shutter.

Sometimes in life we get golden opportunities – opportunities where we couldn’t take a bad picture if we tried. But we must realize that our good fortune is actually the result of someone else’s preparation, talent, and natural gift.

Turns out Jennifer had been planning what she’d wanted for a while. She’d already thought through the wardrobe, the the need for light snow, and the locale. That combined with her natural beauty and Levi’s 10+ cuteness-factor made for a perfect storm.

Anything wonderful that befalls us is never an accident. Whether a job promotion, church growth, new friendships, a break in the monotony, or a new successful idea, we’re standing on the shoulders of others and recipients of the divine.

The sooner we realize life-gifts have very little to do with us and a whole lot more to do with others, the sooner we’ll start to trust God in his infinitely wise provision and enjoy the process of responding. Which usually is just depressing the shutter and looking on in awe. ch:

Cover design by Jennifer Hopper. Friend her on facebook.com/jenniferhopper to see the whole album.


Sarah Novak · 2 Mar ’12 at 10:28 am

First of al, you wife an kiddo are stunning! Second, love that truth. Anything wonderful that befalls us is never an accident. I love having a Daddy who always ha the most amazing plans for me and how He crafts people to hell me discover the great things He has. And how privileged I am to help other people discover the amazing thins God has for them!

    Christopher Hopper · 2 Mar ’12 at 10:30 am

    I love that you’ve not only discovered this truth but graduated into wanting to see other people released. A sign of true maturity. You’re awesome Sarah.

Will Farr · 2 Mar ’12 at 10:29 am

Love it Christopher!

    Christopher Hopper · 2 Mar ’12 at 10:30 am

    Thanks Will!

    Praying for your family today.

    Will · 3 Mar ’12 at 8:52 am

    Thank you my friend. Means a lot.

Kathy Snyder · 2 Mar ’12 at 10:43 am

Beautiful picture of beautiful people!
Such a simple truth, Chris, and so very well presented. Thank you for sharing both this morning 🙂

Gabe · 2 Mar ’12 at 11:43 am

Wow, that’s really cool 🙂

    Christopher Hopper · 2 Mar ’12 at 11:45 am

    Thanks Gabe. Appreciate you reading and commenting as always.

Kimberlee Long · 2 Mar ’12 at 12:04 pm

That is gorgeous! What a beautiful family!

    Christopher Hopper · 2 Mar ’12 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks Kimberlee. The Lord certainly has made us rich.

Jennifer Hopper · 2 Mar ’12 at 12:49 pm

You are too sweet to me : ) I love you endlessly.

julie · 2 Mar ’12 at 2:07 pm


    Christopher Hopper · 2 Mar ’12 at 2:31 pm

    Awe – hey now – that’s a blessing to hear. Thank you.

Nathan R. · 2 Mar ’12 at 3:04 pm

Just depress the shutter, yeah right… you had to be willing to go out in the cold, know a little about focusing, depth of field, lighting, holding the camera still, etc… Granted you had it easy with your amazing subjects, but don’t discount your own abilities your bring to the table. Knowing how your abilities (or simply your willingness) can contribute will greatly enhance the outcome, ie, you couldn’t have given the camera to your kids and gotten the same result.

    Christopher Hopper · 2 Mar ’12 at 4:09 pm

    Ha – leave it you my buddy to bring out the best in me.


Billy Jepma · 2 Mar ’12 at 6:04 pm

That’s great man! Fantastic picture! I showed my Mom and I think she teared up a little. Love you guys!

Mary · 3 Mar ’12 at 4:00 am

A whole lot of beauty going on here between the photo shoot and the revelation you share and it goes on and on creating more beauty for those who read and see and perhaps comment and share… Trickling out and touching many, blessing others and back again blessing you and your beautiful family over and over again. Just like God who is the author and creator of it all. How blessed we are that he shares His beauty with us and when we learn or receive a special truth from it, I’m certain it bounces back to Him and that He is blessed by our responses. I believe what happens in the natural has a spiritual counterpart and this is a wonderful example of that!

    Christopher Hopper · 3 Mar ’12 at 8:59 am

    ” I believe what happens in the natural has a spiritual counterpart and this is a wonderful example of that!”

    Well said Mary. Agreed. And thanks as always for your kind words. Means so much.

Beth · 3 Mar ’12 at 10:36 pm

Just what I needed to read tonight. God already has everything planned, no need to worry about what is to come all we have to do is respond. Love this. I believe even the not so easy things that happen in life are in some way gifts from God too, there is a lesson in everything and He uses all things for good. So our response means alot to how much of a blessed life we live.
Stunning picture too, natural beauty! 🙂 The whole picture captures God’s perfection. 🙂

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