In the economy of God vast issues follow apparently trivial things. A sleepless night is in itself transient and almost trivial. Yet it has often been a time of revelation and surprise, affecting the after years. In the case of Ahasuerus it was another of the forces by which God moved to preserve His people. To while away its hours, the records were read to the king, and a deed of Mordecai which had passed from his memory led to hasty and strange happenings, which must have filled the heart of Haman with new anger and terror. His enemy was suddenly lifted from obscurity to the most conspicuous position in the kingdom -he had become a man whom the king delighted to honor. In the words of Zeresh, wife of Haman, there was manifest that strange fear of God's ancient people which had wrought so much in their history.
the Week of Proper 21 / Ordinary 26