The Shack, Fractals, and God
A couple of months ago, Desire’ (my daughter) and I were playing with a program called “Fraqtive“. It is a simple program that enables one to crawl around in the Mandelbrot fractal. Over the past years, I have found it fascinating to be able to dive further and further inside the Mandelbrot Set as computing power increased. At this particular time, when Desire’ and I were exploring, Carol (my wife) was watching. I commented to here something like, “Fractals prove there is God”, or some such thing. Anyway, I believe these simple, infinite mathematical pieces of art show God’s workmanship. Look at what we found hidden deep inside the Mandelbrot Fractal (The Picture Below).
Recently, I gave Carol the book, “The Shack“. She became engrossed in it. I travel around the state a lot, so I purchased “The Shack” in audio form to listen to while I travel. Wow, what a book, and it sure makes you think. While listening to the book, Sarayu (the Holy Spirit) shows Mack (the main character) a messy, fractal garden.
Papa then arrives. Mack says how, though the garden is a mess, he somehow feels strangely comfortable in it. Papa and Sarayu smile at each other. Sarayu says, “And well you should, Mackenzie, because this garden is your soul—this mess is you! Together, you and I, we have been working with a purpose in your heart. And its wild and beautiful and perfectly in process. To you it seems messy, but to me, I see a perfect pattern emerging and growing and alive—a living fractal.” Mack crumbled. He looked at his garden and it really was a mess, but incredible and wonderful at the same time.
I encourage you to read “The Shack”. It will challenge your theology. What ever you think of the book, the fact is, God is passionately in love with you and wants the deepest relationship with you! For the real story, read your Bible.
Yes, when I see fractals, I see the fingerprint of God, and He has placed His fingerprints EVERYWHERE!