Thursday, August 7, 2008


A new word for me - Fractal.

What is a fractal? A fractal, in mathematics, is a geometric shape that is complex and detailed in structure at any level of magnification. Fractals are an outcropping of the mathematics of chaos which relates to random behavior occurring in a deterministic system such as the Laws of Nature.

I'm reading The Shack and in that book was where I first encountered this term.
Papa says to Mackenzie "My purposes are always and only an expression of love. I purpose to work life out of death, to bring freedom out of brokenness and turn darkness into light. What you see as chaos, I see as a fractal."

Mac was in a garden with Sarayu earlier and it was, as he described it, chaos in color. Sarayu explains the garden like this: something considered simple and orderly that is actually composed of repeated patterns no matter how magnified.

There is really something to this - a fractal. I know that I don't begin to see things as God does - not even close. What I see as chaos, God sees as perfect order - according to His plan.

I want to know more.


Amy W said...

This is very cool. I'm so glad you looked up fractals for me! I read The Shack too (seems like a lot of people are right now) and didn't really understand the word, but just kept reading.

P and P said...

I just got into fractals this year, in terms of creativity. ( have a couple of crocheted fractals in my etsy shop) You've opened my mind to larger issues.

Angela's Heartwork said...

Thank you for looking this up! I thought about it, but got so wrapped up in reading the story, I forgot! Then this past weekend I spent 3 days with the author, Paul Young (he doesn't go by his first name) and he talked about fractals and how he came up with that particular chapter. The photos you show are beautiful. Thanks again!

WalksbyF8h said...

I happened upon your blog while researching the heresy that is being introduced to The Church. I'm simply providing the information to you. I hope that you will ask The L-rd to show you the truth of what I'm presenting:

Here is the interview that I listened to:

I don't know how much you love Jesus or His Word, but if you do, please heed this warning. This fractal/chaos stuff intersects with Reiki and Kundalini. You can see more on my YouTube channel:

P and P said...

Uh, I'm interested in fractals only mathematically and the larger issues are no longer on my screen.

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