My word of the year is worship. This year I really want to drill down into what it means to worship God with my heart, soul, mind, and the daily work of my hands. How do I really worship God? What does it mean to worship Him? It’s more than singing songs and getting the “feels” when that song digs into your soul. It’s about centering my life around Him. About looking to Him for all my answers, depending on Him for all my needs, and simply being in His presence as often and completely as I can. To worship Him is to never want to be parted from Him for even the briefest of moments.

In December, our church held a volunteer appreciation event and night of worship. During that event our worship leader used the phrase “Miracles in Progress.” Just because we can’t see God working doesn’t mean He’s not. Our miracle may be in progress. And then she built into the conversation saying that WE are miracles in progress. Our lives are miracles in progress. And as I thought about that I realized that not only am I a miracle in progress, but the person next to me is a miracle in progress. When we mess up, we need to remember this. When other people mess up, we need to remember this. Our imperfections are covered by Jesus’ perfection. We are all miracles in progress and grace is needed when the progress isn’t perfected just yet.

One of the hardest things to do is to wait. We are programmed for instant gratification and when what we want takes time, we get impatient and discouraged. One way we can combat this urge is to remember to worship God while we wait for the miracles to manifest. We worship Him in the waiting by casting our cares and anxieties on Him and trusting that He will provide for our needs. We worship Him by moving when He says move, waiting when He says wait, and listening to the voice of His Spirit as He guides us into the future.

If you are waiting for a miracle today, please remember that you’re miracle is in progress. Wait patiently for the Lord to finish His work. Worship God in the waiting by building your trust and focusing on who God is and what He has already done in your life. If you messed up recently or feel like your life will never become the flourishing life of your dreams, remember that you are a miracle in progress. Small steps should be celebrated, and in the waiting, remember to keep your eyes on Jesus and let your hope rest in His goodness, power, faithfulness, and love.

May God spark a heart of worship while learning to wait for your miracle.