Monday, September 14, 2020

God in the Order of All Things

In these times of chaos and uncertainty, where hatred and violence seem to run rampant, I am comforted by our Orderly God and the Fibonacci Sequence. I am no mathematician by any stretch of the imagination. Math gives me a headache, it makes me hyperventilate. I can’t really explain the Fibonacci sequence except that each number is the sum of the two numbers preceding it. 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etc. and that it has many scientific and mathematical applications. But it has also been used in music, poker, and the financial trades, among others. 

The point is that the application of the sequence came only after its discovery, found everywhere in Nature. The pattern existed first, perhaps God’s way of scattering crumbs to help us find our way, letting us know that while we are not in control neither are we alone. That there is Order amidst the chaos and uncertainty. How beautiful; how hopeful!

 

Seeing beauty and working to dismantle systems of injustice are not mutually exclusive. We need to do both. It helps to remember too that our Orderly God is also with us in the chaos.

 

Kathy Flynn, OP

Milwaukee, WI



 

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