A few weeks ago in confession, I startled my priest into laughter as I listed my sins and then laughingly declared: "And that's really about it! I'm a married, pregnant student who spends more time with her dogs and husband than anyone else. I can't really get into much trouble."
My confessor smiled and asked how I was coping with my upcoming motherhood, and I was honest with him. After patiently listening to my thoughts and fears, he asked if I had a favorite prayer and upon learning that I use a journaling technique most, he suggested I incorporate Psalm 46:10 into my upcoming meditations.
We will all go through periods of severe doubt and anxiety. It is in our human nature to be afraid of and even resentful of changes, even when those changes are for the best. Graduating from high school or college, moving to a new place for a new job, expecting that first child; these all come with great blessings but that doesn't change in our most private moments, we may view these opportunities as intimidating rather than joyful.
It is in these moments that honesty and stillness can bring more peace than anything else. Admitting our failings, whether to a priest, a friend, or partner, not to seek advice but just to admit them allows us to acknowledge the vastness of what we have coming up. Stillness, calming our anxieties and allowing God in can put them to ease in a way no one else can. As our brains rush from A to B, God blankets over it all, providing us with the peace of God's presence. So whatever it is that makes you feel frantic, allow yourself to be still in God's presence. Whether in your car driving home from work, before bed, in Mass, or even in the shower. A few moments of mindful stillness can help put some of the worst fears to rest.
"Be still and know that I am God."