Word of the Year is such a fadish thing that I kind of wonder about participating. But this word has been sitting in my head for a while now and it was just reinforced yet again.
What does it mean to linger? According to the Google search definition, it means “stay in a place longer than necessary because of a reluctance to leave.”
Looking it up in the Webster’s 1828 dictionary you get :
1. To delay; to loiter; to remain or wait long; to be slow.
2. To hesitate; to be slow in deciding; to be in suspense.
3. To remain long in any state.
Isn’t that a beautiful idea – to stay in something for a long time that is interesting, unique, beneficial, etc?
I am determining that I need to linger more this year. I need to linger in God’s word. I need to linger in relationships. I need to linger in learning. I need to linger in peace and patience. I need to just slow down and experience, to hesitate, to stay and observe.
This is somewhat along the lines of intentionality but speaks more to the actual moment of being involved. Being intentional is a bit more about planning and thinking ahead. Lingering is about being present in the actual moment and taking the time to really be a part of it all.
In the scripture writing group I am involved with, a member recently posted about an interview she did with a brain expert. This expert noted that there is about a 20 second lag between your eyes seeing and your brain processing it or taking “significant notice” of it. That means, if I take time to linger over the message from God that I am writing down, my brain will notice more of it. I can see the same of any experience. Slow down and linger in the moment. Let your brain catch up. Find that joy that you might have otherwise blown past.
Blessings in 2022,
Lori, At Home.