See how the Fibonacci sequence gives us a glimpse into the creative heart of God!
Look closely and you will find the fingerprints of God all around you! You may remember studying the Fibonacci sequence in math, (or if you are like me, you may have blocked out math class altogether). Either way, this important pattern shows up all over in nature, in design, even in you and me!
What Is The Fibonacci Sequence?
The Fibonacci sequence is named for Leonardo Pisano (also known as Fibonacci), an Italian mathematician who lived from 1170 – 1250. Fibonacci used the arithmetic series to illustrate a problem based on a pair of breeding rabbits. In short, the pattern is 1,1,2,3,5,8,13… and so on to infinity. The sequence is always adding the last two numbers to get the next number. This has been charted out in geometrical terms, and found to have a “shell” pattern. These dimensions are found everywhere, if you know where to look!
We Find It: In Plants
Ask the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:8-10
See here how this shell sequence can be found even in the growth pattern of rose petals! How incredible is our God that he takes the time to set nature into motion, watching it unfold to His glory?
And this sunflower has the same arc found in the Fibonacci spiral! Our God is so big, yet He is certainly a personal God, concerned with the details of our lives, and the details found in nature.
We Find It: In Animals
So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:21
See how the spiral here is found even in the tentacles of an octopus? Amazing!
Again we see this perfect spiral in the horn of the ram. Surely our God is great, praise Him for His ability to design and to order His kingdom according to His will!
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Psalm 8:3-4
Look at this mind-blowing, double spiral found in the pattern of this galaxy. From the details of the flowers, to the stars strewn across the sky, and everything in between, God cares for it all.
And here we see this picture taken from space, of hurricane Sandy, and even in the midst of this mighty storm, we see God’s work, God’s design. Even when we don’t understand the damage a storm can cause, we are comforted in knowing that it is for our good, and for God’s glory.
Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made Isaiah 43:7
How amazing is this photo? Look at all the times the Fibonacci pattern is present in just our faces alone!
Here we see a fingerprint, and it, too, has traces of the Fibonacci spiral in it. While we all have a unique finger print, the arcs that are in our prints will follow along the Fibonacci arc of the spiral. So each one of us carries around a reminder of who made us – our fingerprints show the fingerprints of our creator!
The Fibonacci Sequence is not just a made up geometric pattern, but it is the blueprint for all art, design, architecture and many other creative works. Watch this short video going into more details of the Fibonacci sequence, and how and where to find it all over creation!