"He took him outside and said: 'Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Just so,' He added, 'shall your descendants be." Genesis 15:5

When God spoke these words of hope and promise to Abraham, He used mathematics as a way of revealing Himself and His generosity. And well He might. As the author of the universe, God is the creator of Mathematics, the originator of the majestic order governing all of His creation.

This afternoon, I spent time enjoying the spectacle of countless snowflakes swirling through the air and swelling in drifts as far as the eye could see. Each of these flakes obeyed the laws of mathematics in its wild and windswept descent to earth. Examined individually, most also would display a distinct pattern of hexagonal symmetry, each a mathematical marvel in itself.

As we approach the subject of math with our children, we should remember to point out the hand of our Creator in mathematical truths. Observing the paths of the planets, the curve of a nautilus shell, tesselations in fish scales, fractals in ferns, and the ripples in a reflective pool are a few of the many ways to recognize Mathematics as the thumbprint of God. Even the more mundane math lessons--addition and subtraction, multiplication and division--possess an undeniable beauty and order, a dim reflection of the flawlessness of God and His laws for the universe.

The mathematics behind a snowstorm may appear hidden at first, yet it is there all the same. So it is with God Himself, as Abraham learned so many years ago.

Beautiful point, Alice!

Posted by: Karen E. | February 13, 2006 at 10:03 PM