Today I’d like to share an article from an internet site called “Stroll for your Soul 2020.” This site invites its readers to stroll, to take a walk, and notice the beauty of our world. We are asked to observe the signs of Spring which “show the fingerprints of a divine Creator.” The sights and sounds around us energize us and open our eyes to new revelations and fresh thinking.
This particular article explores the patterns we find in nature. These patterns often follow mathematical formulas. I find this fascinating! We live in an amazing world! All creation is astounding. There is a “formula” or innate blueprint built into the formation of plants, flowers, trees, leaves, rocks, etc., which is found in all nature. (Think of the strange stone formations found at the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland.) Specific patterns of numbers or formulas are built right into nature’s DNA. These patterns will automatically repeat themselves.
So, imagine taking a stroll and noticing the patterns in nature which surround you.
Here’s the article:
Pattern of Mathematical Formulas
There is a lot of beauty in mathematical equations. They represent some of the most profound rules that govern the Universe and everything in it. Understanding the most profound equations takes years of training, and many of them are so complex that they are hard to convey in normal language. However, that does not mean we cannot all appreciate their beauty.
Since the beginning of time, humans have constantly tried to understand and explain the great mysteries of the universe. The journey of scientific discovery often mirrors the journey of faith. As we stroll along our faith journey, we experience big, puzzling questions and small moments of illumination. Yet even when we know there is much we do not understand, we have faith that God, a creative life-force, bigger than ourselves, is at work in our lives.
One seemingly simple mathematical pattern we might quickly appreciate as we stroll today, is the Fibonacci sequence. This pattern is named after a 13th century Italian mathematician, Leonardo of Pisa. Each number in the Fibonacci sequence is created by adding the previous two numbers together. The sequence goes like this… 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89… and keeps on going.
Flowers will often follow the Fibonacci sequence in their number of petals. Why not stoop and pick a buttercup or a lawn daisy and count the petals. Does your flower fit the Fibonacci sequence? You might like to use your flower as a prayer starter. Gently pull at each petal one at a time, and say a one sentence prayer to God in response to today’s stroll.
And so, recognizing the amazing “blueprint” of God’s creation we see around us, it truly does open our minds to the astounding creation of all things, all nature, our water, air, earth, we humans, all animals, all plants, and even the universe! What mathematical equations and formulas haven’t we discovered yet? Each new discovery simply amazes us and we bow in awe. This is truly an incredible, wonderful world, and we’re part of it.
Psalm 66: 1 – 5:
“Shout with joy to God, all the earth!
Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious!
Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds!’
All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to your name.
Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man’s behalf!”
Let’s notice God’s awesome nature around us, these amazing patterns which repeat themselves, and let’s give thanks to our Creator for the awe-inspiring, mind-boggling creativity we see in everyday life!
In closing, watch the video which explains in more detail the Fibonacci sequence.
And if you want to read more, the article suggests Melissa Hogenboom’s article:
bbc.com “You Decide What is the Most Beautiful Equation Ever Written”.
Blessings on your day! Keep safe and keep well, Rev. Mary