Although I have seen the film literally dozens (possibly hundreds) of times before, I was struck by this verse: "And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night."
Struck by that word–"rule"–and the image of the sun on its path through the sky and the moon and the stars. Rule. In what way does a big rock in the sky rule the night? A fireball ninety-three million miles away rule the day?
Are they coercive? Demanding? Do they nag to you pick up your socks?
Not so much.
They are constant. Predictable and consistent. They add light, warmth, and rhythm to our days. Together they are the very source of life as we know it, and yet they go about their business regardless of the opinion, actions or desires of any individual or special-interest group.
Which somehow brought to mind this statement:
"God did not give that first great commandment because He needs us to love Him. His power and glory are not diminished should we disregard, deny, or even defile His name. His influence and dominion extend through time and space independent of our acceptance, approval or admiration."
Clearly, God rules in much the same way as those celestial spheres.
Uchtdorf goes on to say, "No, God does not need us to love Him. But oh, how we need to love God!" and he proceeds to remind of us why, however I'm stuck on this idea that God doesn't need us–which obviously, He doesn't, but I also remember that other oft-quoted statement:
"God does notice us and He watches over us, but it is usually through another person that He meets our needs."
I'm trying to wrap my mind around both truths at once.
If God does not need us. If he rolls on, eternally unchanging and independent of our actions or non-actions, why does he so often work through our failing, frail, faulty human hands? Because he does—I know this. But why?
I could postulate forever, even quote you some authoritative answers on the subject, but it might be more enlightening to ponder the answer during some quiet moment, yourself.
Deeply intriguing, even somewhat disturbing, as I consider how I should be interacting with other faulty humans in light of the answers I came up with–if I would emulate the love of the Father and the example set by His Son.