Daily Delight

Friday, April 13, 2018

I’ve always been a sensitive person. Emotional highs and lows ebb and flow through me as consistently as waves meet a shoreline. About five years ago, I was diagnosed with depression—a culmination of years of unhealthy habits and thought processes. As part of my healing process, I spent some time in therapy and on medication. My highs and lows had gotten out of hand, and I needed help finding my way back to a healthy normal.

While I believe that I have been healed of depression, I am still a highly sensitive person who feels deeply. It is simply part of who I am. For a long time, I viewed this as a bad thing, something to be ashamed of.

This morning as I drove into work, I found myself weighed down with a deep sense of longing and sadness. It came out of nowhere, and I was not entirely sure what to do with it. Typically, when a feeling like this begins to overwhelm me, I immediately shut down, not wanting to feel anything for fear of it getting out of hand and leading me back to an unhealthy place—a not-so-helpful coping mechanism I’ve developed. As I confessed this fear to God, 2 Corinthians 4:7 came to mind: “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us” (ESV).

This verse reminded me that there is no such thing as "too much" for God. He created me and knows me. He knows my every high and low. He knows how deeply I feel and experience life. Not only does He know, but He made me this way! Therefore, I do not have to fear when emotions crash over me like a tidal wave. Instead, I simply need to remember that I am a fragile clay jar held together by the grace and love of God. I can trust Him to guide and guard me through the ups and downs of life.

If you’ve ever felt as though you are too much or not enough, know that you are not alone. God loves you. His grace is sufficient for you, and His power is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 12:9).

About the Author

Kira Echeandia

Kira is a recent transplant to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area who is passionate about Jesus, social justice, and baked goods. She loves to travel and can be found in Belgium consuming copious amounts of chocolate about once a year. Her dream is to start a business that incorporates both intentional community and sustainable consumerism but is still praying about what this could look like. Kira is both thrilled and honored to write for Daughter of Delight in this season and looks forward to seeing where her passion for writing will take her.


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