Leanne VanDyk

READ : Genesis 1:1-31
Genesis 2:1-3

God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. (1:31)

Read: Belgic Confession, Article 12

So much sensory data is received constantly by your eyes and your ears that your brain has to filter that data in order to determine what is most important. If you became fully aware of absolutely everything that you perceive, you would not be able to concentrate on driving your car or working at your desk. Your brain’s ability to filter data helps you live a more ordered life.

In one sense, though, it’s too bad. Some of what your brain filters out is the rich teeming beauty of the creation. Article 12 of the Belgic Confession says that God has given all the creatures in the world their characteristics for the purpose of serving their Creator. That means that the camel has its hump for the purpose of serving God. The zebra has its stripes for the purpose of serving God. These characteristics might have other purposes as well. But they also serve God and glorify God.

Isn’t it a pity that we miss some of this in our busy lives? God created the world, looked it over and pronounced it good. We, however, often filter out the data. If we open our eyes and our ears and really pay attention, we will give thanks to our Creator God.


Creator God, our voices join in the chorus of praise that creation sings to you. Thank you for this colorful, noisy, and splendid world you have made. Amen.