I’ve been looking at pine cones a lot lately. A book I’ve been reading makes me SEE things differently. Makes me stop and pay attention to what’s at my feet, down close. Instead of stepping over, around and on what lies below, I’m starting to take time to notice what I see.
When I went for a walk yesterday, I discovered there were a least 3 different kinds of cones within roughly 200 feet of my front door. There were rose-like, tightly bunched balls, prickly, layered missiles, and rounded, hard-edged cones from our cul-de-sac’s fir and cedar trees.
I gathered them up, placed them on my deck railing, added twigs and lichen and this simple tableau emerged. All those variations of fir and cedar cones put me in mind of what I’d learned in my college Math Class. When I went back to school (at age 36) to become a teacher I had to suffer through Math–three times. Let’s just say I’m more of a word person.
I survived Algebra because I took it (the 2nd time) in summer school, aided by a study group at my house every day after school for four weeks. After Algebra, there was Math 45. I can’t quite explain Math 45, but it wasn’t Algebra. It wasn’t anything I’d ever seen that had anything to do with numbers.
I knew this would be a challenge for me. I sat in the front row of the lecture hall to be as close to the teacher as possible, to get as much help as possible. He will probably still recall how I was brought to tears because, although he was speaking English, i just didn’t get it…
However, I persevered; we got to Chapter 8 and I was supremely rewarded. Dr. Tannenbaum introduced us to the beautiful Fibonacci Sequence, (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21,34, 55, 89, 144, etc.) The magic of this formula is this: add the first two numbers together and you get the next number, second two numbers together, you get the 3rd and so on). This series of numbers showed the not-so-random patterns in nature of things like….
Leonardo da Pisa, (‘Fibonacci’) was a mathematician who discovered and identified a pattern in nature that was quantifiable, a formula which was also called The Golden Ratio, or The Divine Ratio. Divine–and no wonder–only God could make things so perfectly beautiful in a way that revealed order, thought, planning. Revealed Him.
In Colossians Chapter 1, Paul writes:
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
I began to love Math. Why? Well, because it simply proved what I already knew to be true about the world around me. It seemed obvious– All of Creation points to a Divine Creator God if we have eyes to see Him.
I’m being reminded of something I discovered twenty years ago—slow down, see, look for your Creator in His Creation–it all points to Him.
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I am always grateful for the next voice in life trying to explain the Fibonacci Sequence. I seem only able to intuit ubiquitous magic. Giving thanks, yet again, for what eludes yet illumines . . .
I took remedial Algebra in summer school too. 🙁
Hi Jody. Paying attention to those little things—little like the three kinds of pinecones so close to home–makes such a profound spiritual impact on our lives. Thanks for inspiring.
Alyssa, I was 40 when I finished college with my teaching credential. A grown woman, too. smile.
I actually don't understand a lot of math but love the order and mystery of it., Luckily, I teach in an elementary school and the highest I need to go is 5th grade math–long division and fractions!
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I LOVE the Golden Ratio. I don't understand it and I still hate math (sorry) but I was a grown woman when I learned of the numerical sequences and patterns that demonstrate the patterns that seem random, like the curvature of a wave. This astounded me. What beauty we see in the constancy of Christ!
as someone who is mathematically inept, I felt you through this all…but it is so.amazing. that down to the numbers, it is designed.
I like how you highlight that positive side–that you're a “word person” rather than math person! I can so relate! But I say I'm just mathematically challenged! 🙂 But you are so right about God's creation. I'm so glad that God is good at math and good at His Word! Great post, Jody Lee!
Wonderful post! It is so true, what you said: “All of Creation points to a Divine Creator God if we have eyes to see Him.” I love being out in nature and seeing the beauty He has made. How could anyone think there was no Creator God after seeing the wonderful landscape all around us?