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.