Jennifer Llamas, Youth and Family Ministry Director
This month in Youth Ministry, we are talking about the Power of Order. We turn this week to the quality of organization which allows us to plan our actions each day. We can use a to-do-list, a calendar, or even a timeline to understand where we have come from and how we can best direct our actions to achieve our goals. Taking that idea a step further, by connecting with our innate divinity, we harness this quality to organize and direct our thoughts and actions for our own best good.
Order can be found all around us. Looking at the natural world, we find beauty in the perfectly assembled sunflower, the leaves of a tree branch, and the sturdy pine cone. As we think about our own spiritual faculty of organization, it is comforting to have the example of nature to bolster our own efforts at discovering our innate order.
Many of nature’s creations follow a pattern that was first recognized in 1202 by an Italian mathematician knows as Fibonacci. Now known as the Fibonacci Sequence, these orderly numbers can be observed in the recurrent geometrical pattern of many plants, flowers and fruit. The Fibonacci sequence, for example, plays a vital role in the arrangement of leaves, branches, flowers, and seeds in plants. The various arrangements of natural elements follow surprising mathematical regularities. We can find the numbers of the Fibonacci sequence in daisies, sunflowers, cauliflower, and broccoli. For example, looking at the seeds in the center of a sunflower you’ll notice what looks like spiral patterns curving left and right. Amazingly, if you count these spirals, your total will be a Fibonacci number. Divide the spirals into those pointed left and right and you’ll get two consecutive Fibonacci numbers. You can decipher spiral patterns in pinecones, pineapples and cauliflower that also reflect the Fibonacci sequence in this manner.
A quick Google search of Fibonacci will generate a bounty of articles about the mathematical equations behind all of this – for those of you with inquiring minds – but also plenty of photos of the various natural elements that appear to be influenced by this organizational design. In Youth Ministry this week, our weekly activity centers around learning more about the Fibonacci Sequence in our natural world, and we invite you to join along!
In the week ahead, notice that nature has a rhythm and routine that is followed as seasons pass, as flowers grow, and as animals and people grow, change, and evolve. By connecting with Divine Mind, we can better understand our ability to organize our thoughts, to modify our behavior, and to embrace our own development and transformation.