The Snowflake Conundrum

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:


Capitalizing on Opportunity


June is the party season if you’re a youth pastor. All your seniors are moving on in life (well–most of your seniors; for others, 12th grade will be the best three years of their life). Last night I had the honor of attending two different graduation celebrations, something I’ve become quite an expert on in recent years: learning to be everywhere at the same time is akin to Ninja mastery.

While at the Brennan Clan’s house, I caught Luik sitting at an abandoned table all by himself, guzzling down can after can of pop. I snapped this pic on my iPhone and just chuckled at my oldest boy’s cunning.

Luik adores pop. And it’s a rare prize as we don’t stock it in our home (for obvious reasons. Come on people!). He had waited until everyone had left, and then, with ninja like skills, pounced on his spoil.

So many times in life we have windows of opportunity. It could be in our professional life with job advancement. It could be in ministering to another person. It could just be saying I love you to someone…possibly for the last time.

But these coincidences are more than just happen-stance. For those that understand the realm of the Kingdom–and life lived in it–we are surrounded with divine meetings…opportunities that could mean the difference between life and death, and destinies spent in eternity.

I’m not sure what your call in life is, what anointing is on you, or who you find yourself spending time around. But today–while it is still called today–allow the urgency of the Holy Spirit to prompt you into seizing the opportunities waiting in front of you. There are souls waiting on the other side of your obedience. (And possibly an ice-cold can of Coke, too). ch: