The Difficulties of Being Different
One of the complications of being a highly sensitive Christian is that most Christian teachers are not highly sensitive, and yet they’re the ones teaching and modeling for us the nitty-gritty of how to live our Christian lives.
Many highly sensitive Christians find themselves becoming increasingly neurotic as they sit under such training. It seems the harder we try to live up to these less sensitive ways of living the Christian life, the further out of reach slips the abundant life promised by Jesus (John 10:10).
Hard-wired entirely differently from less sensitive people, the highly sensitive experience the world in a way that few appreciate. In the church, highly sensitive people are rarely understood – even by themselves. Instead of sensitivity being celebrated and found valuable, as God intended, it is often disapproved as immaturity, defect, or character flaw.
Even among the teachers in the church who are highly sensitive persons, few have come to peace with their high sensitivity and many battle it as if it were an enemy.
Investing Our Sensitivities in the Heart of God
Highly sensitive people have richer senses and usually deeper emotions than their less sensitive counterparts. As highly sensitive believers, we have the potential to invest those deeper emotions and richer senses into our relationship with God, although people who don’t know about sensitivity are understandably unable to tell us that.
The highly sensitive person has an uncommon potential to develop a relational style with God that is strong with emotion – both our own and God’s – and able to sense the intangible Presence of God, emotions of God, and/or communications from God. What a joy to overtly experience the warmth of the love of God for oneself!
Enjoy Your God!
So, enjoy your high sensitivity. Enjoy your God (Psalm 9:2). Dance in His presence (Psalm 149:3). Rejoice (Phil. 4:4). Christ is your life (Col. 3:4). Rest (Heb. 4:9-10). Play (Mark 10:15). Come into His Presence with happy confidence because of Jesus (Heb. 4:16). Drink from the river of His pleasures (Psalm 36:8). Be safe in Him (Psalm 91:1). Respond (Rev. 3:20). Soak in His presence (Rev. 1:10). Thank Him (Psalm 107). Worship (Psalm 29:2). Believe (Matt. 9:28).