“You are worthy, our LORD and GOD! You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power. You are worthy because You created all things. They were created and they exist. That is the way You planned it.” Revelation 4:11 New International Reader’s Version.
Picture a starfish. What does it have in common with a snowflake and a daisy? Picture a snail shell. How is it similar to the curled horn of a mountain sheep and an ordinary spider web? Now picture a tree. What does it have in common with an antler and a dragonfly wing?
Perhaps you noticed that the objects in each of these groups share a similar design. The shapes of starfish, snowflakes, and daisies are based on a star. Each has arms–or rays–that grow out of a center.
Snail shells, mountain sheep horns, and the sticky threads of ordinary spider webs are based on a spiral design. This design starts at the heart and coils around and around and around and around.
Trees antlers, and the veins on dragonfly wings are branch shaped. In each of these, arms fan out from a main shaft.
Once you start looking around, you’ll notice patterns everywhere in nature. Circles are found on leopard fur, peacock feathers, and in the eyes of owls. You’ll notice six-sided hexagons that make up bee honey-combs the bumps on turtle shells, and the eyes of flies.
Some designs are hidden. Inside whale flippers human arms frog legs, and bat and bird wings are bones that are put together with the same pattern.
Some patterns take a sharp eye. That’s the case with Fibonacci numbers. These numbers are formed by adding the two numbers before it. For example, if you add one plus one you get two. Then if you add one plus two, you get three. Two plus three equals five. Three plus five is eight. If you write all these numbers down, you get a string of numbers that looks like this: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233…
What’s so special about Fibonacci numbers? They’re found all over nature. If you look at the seed head of a sunflower, you eye recognizes spirals. Counting them, you find that thirty-four spin counterclockwise. Fifty-five spirals spin clockwise. On giant sunflowers fifty-five spirals go one direction, eighty-nine the other. Check the line of Fibonacci numbers above. These numbers are next to each other on the Fibonacci scale!
Pinecones and pineapples also share the fun of Fibonacci. Counting spirals from the stem end of some pinecones reveals five gradual spirals rising from the left to the right. Eight steep spirals rise from the right to the left. Other cones show different Fibonacci combinations: three and five, eight and thirteen.
The outside of a pineapple is covered with hexagon-shaped bumps, or scales. Each pineapple has spirals that rotate in three directions: one spiral that twists to the right, one that twists to the left, and one that rises nearly straight up. The number of scales in each of these spirals? Eight, thirteen, and twenty-one. Are these numbers next to each other on the Fibonacci scale? Yes!
Some scientists would like us to believe that the patterns appearing in nature happen by chance.
What do you think? Can patterns that repeat themselves such as these happen by chance or accident?
It’s not likely. Patterns show there’s a master plan for nature. It’s the Master’s plan. God is the Designer.
Perhaps some people have a hard time believing that God created the earth because He’s invisible to our eyes. Yet what He created is not invisible. There’s no escaping it–God’s fingerprints are on everything He made. We’re surrounded by stars, spirals, branches, circles, and hexagons. We’re surrounded by Fibonacci numbers. Through the awesome designs in our world, we see God. We understand His greatness.
Because God is so detailed in His designs, it’s not a stretch to believe that He can easily care about the details of our lives, too. Does He care that you’re feeling lonely? Does He care that your mom got made at you this morning? Does He care that you’re having a hard time at school? Yes, He does!
The same God who so carefully designed nature also designed you. He designed the details of your life. Through them He shows His care for you.
Thought to remember: God cares about the details of nature. He cares about the details of my life.
Additional verses: Romans 1:20; Psalm 19:1-4; Genesis 1:1; Psalm 139:1-4, 13-16
Fibonacci: (Fee-buH-NAH-chee) an Italian Mathematician who discovered number patterns in nature. He lived from 1170-1250 A.D. His real name was Leonardo Da Pisa.
From: “Glow-In-The-Dark Fish and 59 More Ways To See God Through His Creation”, by B. J. Reinhard