I recently learned that this is what scientists call the Zeigarnik Effect. The phenomenon was first studied in the 1920s by a graduate student named Bluma Zeigarnik. Bluma went out to dinner with a large group of colleagues. She noticed that her waiter was able to remember everyone’s order. So she decided to run a set of experiments to investigate what she observed. She discovered that waiters are able to remember many details of open restaurant orders. These details are quickly forgotten, however, once the meals have been paid for. Through her experiments, Bluma discovered that human beings tend to remember unfinished tasks. She discovered that people will continue to remember them until the work is completed.
Have you ever felt forgotten by God? Maybe you’ve wondered when He’s going to give you the sign, the job, the child, or the relationship you’ve been praying for. Maybe you’re stuck in a rut, and have no idea how you’ll get out. I pray that you find comfort in the assurance that God is still working on you and on your circumstance. And He never forgets His unfinished business.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians, 1:6, ESV).
Jael Amador writes from New York© 2002 - 2023, AnswersForMe.org. All rights reserved. Click here for content usage information.