From: Phil Kim
Recently, my family and I visited an exhibit called “Numbers in Nature” at the Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago). As we walked through the exhibit, we learned about different patterns displayed throughout nature. We learned about the Golden Ratio, spirals, and fractal branching and how these patterns appear in architecture, plants, animals, and many other ways.
In Psalm 80, Asaph calls on God for redemption and salvation as a central theme. As in many of the Psalms, this particular one contains a distinct pattern that serves as a rhythm for the entire Psalm. Verses 3, 7, 14, and 19 have a similar refrain: “Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.” Scholars call this “synonymous parallelism”: the use of a similar phrase in different places within the Psalm. As you read this particular Psalm, the repeated refrain is both a plea and assurance that our God will indeed bring restoration in this broken world. Despite the hardships or challenges we face, we await the day when all things will be restored to its rightful and perfect place.
My new personal favorite pattern in nature is the Voronoi pattern!