I came home from work today in the most foul mood. I felt mentally beat up and like I could do nothing right. Fortunately, the person at work responsible for my rotten mood also said, "I really need a stress relief. What can I do to relieve stress?"
I answered, "Boxing" at the time, which led him to ask if I boxed. I just grinned, "No, I do not box."
He asked, "Then why such a mischievous grin?" To which I refused to respond and just continued to smile. But when I got home feeling really frustrated and generally sad, I thought about the things that do make me happy and decided my mood was up to me.
I called my husband and said, "Let's go hiking." So as soon as he got home, my son, husband, and I headed out for the Rock House Reservation in West Brookfield, MA. My blood pressure dropped as soon as my foot hit the trail. I was in God's house, and he even put out the welcome mat. Apparently, it is Lady Slipper season. We saw dozens from almost white with wisps of pink to deep purple. As my spirits rose, so too did God's word in my soul. Yesterday's reading included, "Lead them like a shepherd and carry them forever in your arms." (Psalms 28:9b) I found myself ruminating on the phrase, "Carry them forever in your arms." In this walk, I felt like he was carrying me, and I was thankful.
I hope if you ever find your spirits low that you too will find a way to commune with God, whether it be in nature, in word, or in some other way.
I don't think this is probably what was in my bosses mind when I refused to answer the question, but walking with God is a great stress releaver.