Sentience, the ability to perceive subjectively
Sentience is the ability to feel, perceive or be conscious, or to have subjective experiences. Eighteenth century philosophers used the concept to distinguish the ability to think ("reason") from the ability to feel ("sentience"). In modern western philosophy, sentience is the ability to have sensations or experiences (described by some thinkers as "qualia"). For Eastern philosophy, sentience is a metaphysical quality of all things that requires respect and care. The concept is central to the philosophy of animal rights, because sentience implies the ability to suffer, which entails certain rights. In science fiction, non-human characters described as "sentient" typically have similar abilities, qualities and rights as human beings.
Source: Wikipedia Sentience
According the the Old Testament, God is a sentient being capable of anger, jealousy, and other feelings. My experience counters that.
Regardless, something can communicate, something can be part of the design of life, even the source of life, and not be sentient.
It actually makes the relationship less tumultuous, more direct, and straight forward: not to the liking of religions of any denomination.
This new interpretation returns the power to each, the power that they have in the relationship. Beautiful, natural, and works.