Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sleepless, but listening…

Esther 6:1- 2

That night the king had trouble sleeping, so he ordered an attendant to bring the book of the history of his reign so it could be read to him. In those records he discovered an account of how Mordecai had exposed the plot …the plot against him.

Tossing and turning, no sleep an accident? I think perhaps God wanted Xerxes to have a long sleepless night! A night to remember!

A night that God reminded Xerxes of before evil was done to Mordecai the next day by Haman. God's timing is amazing. Oh, we might write it off as a bad night with no sleep, but I think it was a Divine Appointment from God. A reminder of what Mordecai had done for Xerxes, so that he would listen the next day to the evil plans that Haman had in mind. Timing of an important reminder of good things that Mordecai had done for him; timing that was reminded by reading the book of history because he could not sleep. Don't you think every king wants to wake up in the middle of the night and read about his book of history? I think perhaps God wanted him to read that book at that moment, before the next morning began!

God's timing.

Think over your journey. Any bad nights of sleep? Any thoughts that you thought came from nowhere and yet you needed them the next day?

I love God's Hand at work using sleepless nights, missed appointments, unanswered prayers (we think) unexpected letters, sermons, etc…to remind us of what truly matters! Perhaps on your next sleepless night listen for God's directions…



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