Help from Dad

Help fromDadZaden Gray Dickerson, age 5, gets help from his dad, Bobby, casting the line at the Fishing Derby held annually at Arcadia Lake.

I didn’t take any pictures today, after six straight days of assignments. So, I though I would put up another from yesterday’s outing.

I went to church today with the Griffins to First Southern Baptist Church of Guthrie. Stan Griffin, the father, teaches a Sunday School class that goes through a different book of the Old Testament each week. Today’s book was Psalms. The book of Psalms is the longest book, the most quoted in the New Testament, it contains both the longest and the shorted chapters, and is said to be the “Bible in miniature” according to Martin Luther.

Among other things, he noted the main themes of Psalms. The three biggest ones were 1) praise, 2) laments, and 3) thanksgiving.

The one that threw me was laments. I’m sure that I’ve been taught about it before, but maybe not because I’ve never noticed it. I can’t remember how many of the 150 chapters of Psalms were laments, but it was somewhere from a third to a half. A lot, in other words. So, why did it seem so strange? It seems that it is often thought of as wrong to question God. People should just suck it up and be happy no matter what, right?

Not according to psalmists. The great thing about their complaining is that it almost always winds up in praising God. God knows that we get frustrated. And if our hearts are saying ‘why, o God?’ then why should we try to keep that silent as if we aren’t thinking it? Does God not hear the cries of our hearts? Furthermore, is there any secret that we can keep from Him?

If the idea of questioning God still sounds odd, look up what Jesus says just before he dies. “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” This is actually a reference from Psalm 22.

I don’t claim to be an authority on theological matters, and I hope you don’t think that I would. But I think it is good to question things. Asking questions and exploring the answer is how we learn. Thankfully, God is gracious to give us answers. Sometimes. Thankfully, He is sovereign to keep answers from us at times, as well.

Then tonight, I got in the mood to do something for a change. I decided to do a little DIYing of sorts. I wont tell you what it was that I made, but know that it is super cool. It has to do with photo stuffs, so I will post about it when I actually use it.

Also, if you liked the fish photo, here are a few more from the day. Fishing Derby

One more thing. I found out, thanks to my friend Grant, that a picture of mine was used for the package front of Tulsa World’s Sunday sports section.

8 Responses to Help from Dad

  1. Asher Griffin says:

    fact: if charles h. spurgeon gave all of his sermons on the psalms were actually given consecutively on a weekly basis … it would have taken him 20 years to complete them.

  2. zachgray says:

    I’m confused??

  3. Asher Griffin says:

    spurgeon didn’t preach “through” books of the bible. but if he had, it would have taken him 20 years to do psalms … meaning he gave over 1,000 sermons over verses from Psalms.

  4. zachgray says:

    Gotcha. Your syntax was a bit off on your first attempt. Spurgeon was a pretty righteous guy, I imagine.

  5. Asher Griffin says:

    your style and structure class made you a grammar-butt.

  6. zachgray says:

    At least it didn’t make me a double-butt.
    Thanks for keeping it classy ;)

  7. Patrick says:

    days when you don’t shoot are like a lot like sabbaticals, but feel like sins. Like the images, and the nice lighting you are using for your portraits.

    if you get a chance check out….

    unlphotojournalism.blogspot.com

    its the teams project on documenting nebraska’s recession. Also, my man clay just started a website and is kind of down since no one is commenting on it. if you get another chance leave him a comment…

    claylomneth.blogspot.com links to this website claylomneth.com

  8. zachgray says:

    Will do. I actually had found his link on your blogroll a while back. I’ve subscribe to his blog ever since. I’ll add the UNL blog to my feed as well.

    Thanks for the comment! I usually cherish my breaks because I am so busy the rest of the time. Before starting my internship, I didn’t take a picture for roughly two weeks. It was just what I needed though.

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Help fromDadZaden Gray Dickerson, age 5, gets help from his dad, Bobby, casting the line at the Fishing Derby held annually at Arcadia Lake.

I didn’t take any pictures today, after six straight days of assignments. So, I though I would put up another from yesterday’s outing.

I went to church today with the Griffins to First Southern Baptist Church of Guthrie. Stan Griffin, the father, teaches a Sunday School class that goes through a different book of the Old Testament each week. Today’s book was Psalms. The book of Psalms is the longest book, the most quoted in the New Testament, it contains both the longest and the shorted chapters, and is said to be the “Bible in miniature” according to Martin Luther.

Among other things, he noted the main themes of Psalms. The three biggest ones were 1) praise, 2) laments, and 3) thanksgiving.

The one that threw me was laments. I’m sure that I’ve been taught about it before, but maybe not because I’ve never noticed it. I can’t remember how many of the 150 chapters of Psalms were laments, but it was somewhere from a third to a half. A lot, in other words. So, why did it seem so strange? It seems that it is often thought of as wrong to question God. People should just suck it up and be happy no matter what, right?

Not according to psalmists. The great thing about their complaining is that it almost always winds up in praising God. God knows that we get frustrated. And if our hearts are saying ‘why, o God?’ then why should we try to keep that silent as if we aren’t thinking it? Does God not hear the cries of our hearts? Furthermore, is there any secret that we can keep from Him?

If the idea of questioning God still sounds odd, look up what Jesus says just before he dies. “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” This is actually a reference from Psalm 22.

I don’t claim to be an authority on theological matters, and I hope you don’t think that I would. But I think it is good to question things. Asking questions and exploring the answer is how we learn. Thankfully, God is gracious to give us answers. Sometimes. Thankfully, He is sovereign to keep answers from us at times, as well.

Then tonight, I got in the mood to do something for a change. I decided to do a little DIYing of sorts. I wont tell you what it was that I made, but know that it is super cool. It has to do with photo stuffs, so I will post about it when I actually use it.

Also, if you liked the fish photo, here are a few more from the day. Fishing Derby

One more thing. I found out, thanks to my friend Grant, that a picture of mine was used for the package front of Tulsa World’s Sunday sports section.

8 Responses to Help from Dad

  1. Asher Griffin says:

    fact: if charles h. spurgeon gave all of his sermons on the psalms were actually given consecutively on a weekly basis … it would have taken him 20 years to complete them.

  2. zachgray says:

    I’m confused??

  3. Asher Griffin says:

    spurgeon didn’t preach “through” books of the bible. but if he had, it would have taken him 20 years to do psalms … meaning he gave over 1,000 sermons over verses from Psalms.

  4. zachgray says:

    Gotcha. Your syntax was a bit off on your first attempt. Spurgeon was a pretty righteous guy, I imagine.

  5. Asher Griffin says:

    your style and structure class made you a grammar-butt.

  6. zachgray says:

    At least it didn’t make me a double-butt.
    Thanks for keeping it classy ;)

  7. Patrick says:

    days when you don’t shoot are like a lot like sabbaticals, but feel like sins. Like the images, and the nice lighting you are using for your portraits.

    if you get a chance check out….

    unlphotojournalism.blogspot.com

    its the teams project on documenting nebraska’s recession. Also, my man clay just started a website and is kind of down since no one is commenting on it. if you get another chance leave him a comment…

    claylomneth.blogspot.com links to this website claylomneth.com

  8. zachgray says:

    Will do. I actually had found his link on your blogroll a while back. I’ve subscribe to his blog ever since. I’ll add the UNL blog to my feed as well.

    Thanks for the comment! I usually cherish my breaks because I am so busy the rest of the time. Before starting my internship, I didn’t take a picture for roughly two weeks. It was just what I needed though.

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