I’ve always been sensitive! From crying in bed at night at a young age and my mum asking what was going on, only to find out I was carrying the burden of a friend. To being allergic to a variety of things that saw me sneezy, eyes flared or skin crawling.
Through our journey with infertility my allergies to cats and flowers got tended to through a detox back in 2009. It was the most unexpected thing, but certainly made life easier. And now every three years I do the detox just to keep life more pleasant, and ease maintained.
It doesn’t take much to make you realise how vulnerable and exposed you are though, on many fronts to be honest. But for now I’m talking physical. Last September I had a lump in my right breast and went from the GP, to a mammogram then a surgeons office. While I’m pleased to report it was some medically long winded word that wasn’t sinister but to be aware of, it did make me more proactive this year when some painful lumps appeared in my armpit.
It had happened a few times over the course of the years and the nurse had suggested I change deodorants, but thinking back to our natural fertility days that didn’t appeal. Usually it took a month for them to dissolve and leave me in peace, but this time I decided to research and found there were many more fragrance friendly options out there on the natural scope and got trialing. To my amazement the painful lumps went in three days and it just showed me how susceptible our bodies are to the build up of chemicals. And how we are best to make tweaks where we are able to. And so I’ve been on somewhat of a mission since then to clean things up and tend to those sensitivities if you will.
As I’ve been going about the process of researching, changing and implementing it’s sat with me where we are exposed and sensitive on the emotional and spiritual front also. But how often are we aware, proactive and tending to those areas?
It’s not always a pleasant or easy process, but it’s an important one for our own well being and for those near and dear. See your awareness and sensitivity as a gift and take action. And by all means keep the first things first.
If you sense something is off kilter with a friend, tuck it away while you keep an eye out.
If you’re struggling with an emotion that could fester and permeate ask God to tend to that while it’s still small enough to manage and get under control.
If you are grappling, put on the armour of God and ensure you are grounded in scripture while you navigate through.
And the list could go on, but you get the drift and I will leave your own situation between you and God to address. But I just want to remind you that sometimes our sensitivity and awareness can be harnessed for good. So don’t push them away, rather tend to them.