Yesterday was International Pi Day. Yes, pi, not pie. Pi is the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle. Any circle. Every circle. Circumference divided by diameter is always pi.
As we learned in high school, pi is a number that goes on forever. It has been calculated to the trillions of digits thanks to computers. The short version we learned was 3.14. The next two numbers in the calculation are 15. So this year, International Pi Day fell on 3/14/15 making it extra special.
If you don’t think pi really matters to your daily life, think again. Pi is used in engineering to design buildings and bridges that are solid and every earthquake resistant. So, chances are you benefit from the use of pi in engineering.
Pi is also used in calculating electromagnetic waves. I don’t know anything about them except that they make wireless communication possible. So, thanks to pi we have smart phones.
Pi is even mentioned in the Bible. Here’s the reference. I Kings 7:23. Check it out!
So we are actually benefitting from pi each and every day without really being aware of it. So, here’s to Pi Day which reminds us of what pi does for us.
And maybe this says something to us of God. Are we aware of the influence God is having in our lives and in our world each day? Now there’s something else to celebrate. Everyday!
Lectionary readings for today:
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Prayer: May we be aware of the powerful, loving presence of God at work in our world and in our lives every day! Amen.