Lingering Questions - What Are They?

By Sharon Swing

Photo Credit: William Stitt

By Sharon Swing, oneLifemaps co-author

There are questions that linger in your mind, body and spirit, but are sometimes barely in the realm of conscious thought.

Where does your mind drift in the quiet moments, the shower, or the car? 

Are you ruminating on a worry or a hurt, or are you planning and dreaming of a hopeful future? 

Is there a question you’d love to ask God about your life right now? 

Is there a question that could take shape and be formed into tangible, written words?

The answers reveal your lingering questions.  These questions shape your thought life and how you experience your days. These questions are powerful.  They reveal the condition of your soul.  And, some lingering questions are more useful than others.

How would reframing your lingering questions make a difference in how you experience your day and the effect you have on other people?  Consider these questions:

‘Why is this happening to me?’

as opposed to…

‘How is this circumstance inviting me to grow?’

Becoming conscious of your lingering questions requires reflection. Start a conversation with God about what is going on inside of you.  Allow Him to reframe your lingering questions if necessary.

I imagine Jesus responding to an invitation from you to talk about your questions by saying, "I’m so glad you brought that up!  I have some perspective-shifting ideas for you that could clear your path forward, help you become more grateful, joyful, and loving to the people around you."

Journal it out:

  • What are your lingering questions?
  • Are they productive and life-giving questions?
  • In your journal, write down your lingering questions and see if you might refine them until you are satisfied that they reflect your internal dialog.
  • Write out a conversation with God about the questions that linger and see if the questions might be refined.
  • Do you sense God responding to your questions?



Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life.  Romans 8:6 (The Voice)

One comment on “Lingering Questions - What Are They?”

  1. Sharon, wonderful explanation of lingering questions. I love the way you simplified and gave real life examples.

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