All my life people have said to me, “You are too sensitive!” I just always wanted to say back to them, “Well, maybe YOU are NOT sensitive enough!” Just saying that to someone seemed insensitive to me.
For the record, I just want to say…yes, I am sensitive…and God made me this way. Even as a child, I could not wear itchy clothes. I was terribly picky about my food. I was easily distracted…and late all the time. Lost things. I loved art, being outside in His creation, but, I could also look at a person and feel their pain; see inside of them, even as a child.
For many years, I hated myself because I was not like my brothers and sister. I wondered, “What is wrong with me?”
Now I know, I am sensitive because God wants me to be this way and it is a gift. Since I have been filled with the Holy Spirit, I have seen Him move through my compassion and sensitivity to love others in ways that just cause me to weep with joy and be filled with love. I have felt other’s pain and also felt as Jesus lifted it off of them. I have seen people healed miraculously.
So now, I embrace it! I pay attention to what I feel…because I know that is how God leads me.
Like the story of the Princess and the Pea, it was her sensitivity that told those around her that she was a true princess, because she felt that tiny pea under all those mattresses!