Engineering design principles have sculpted the relationship between humans and nature since the dawn of existence. The practice of reverse engineering has sought to inform inventive thinking by understanding function in designed systems. Recently, new paradigms in design theory have also aided the analysis of complex natural systems. For instance, affordance-based reverse engineering helps to uncover nested relationships between components of complex systems.If we want to accept the notion that faith is relevant to all people of all times and places, what intrinsic aspects of life might we explore to acknowledge this? Do patterns and affordances exist in natural systems that can lead us to purposeful living? If so, can we interact with the world around us in ways that exceed any perceived limitations?