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Memory Triggers

Have you ever been to a restaurant with a large group? Now, I’ve never been a server, but I can only imagine that serving a table of more than three or four people would be incredibly anxiety provoking. Which is why I am incredibly impressed when someone can serve a large table of people without having a crying spell. I’m even more impressed when the wait staff can serve a large number of people and remember exactly what each person ordered! How in the world do they do that? How is it that they know that my plate belongs to me and not to the person at the other end of the table?

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 and 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 and 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

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About Jael Amador

Jael Amador

writes from New York, New York.

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