That night the king could not sleep...

 “That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him.”
Esther 6:1
I often wondered if it was sheer coincidence or if there was a larger force at work in the story the bible passage above talks about. So it happened that a while ago two men, Bigthana and Tersh, were plotting to kill the King. One man, Mordecai, found out about it and informed the Queen Esther and for some reason the King wasn’t told but the act of kindness was recorded in the King’s chronicles. 

On that fateful night the King could not sleep and it just so happened that he called for the Chronicles to be read to him and as he listened, the story of how a man saved his life caught his attention. The king inquired if the man had been compensated for his action and was told he hadn’t. That night the Mordecai’s action were both remembered and honoured.

When we look around our world today we can see a lot of focus on fame and fortune. The bible encourages us to do things to please God, to live our life trying to please God and not men. And when we do focus on pleasing God he comes back with unexpected rewards. You may have been doing good deeds in the past and wonder when someone will remember you for something good ... “So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up.” Galatians 6:9... So hang in there.

God does remember all your labour of love and he orchestrates the right people at the right time to remember what you have done and to honour you for it. Keep at it: help that woman who wears tattered clothing get new ones, give that boy who comes to school without a lunch box some of your snack, spend some time with that aged neighbour who lives alone, it may seem little and but it goes a long way in the sight of God.

Don’t get tired yet, if you continue extending kindness and mercy to people the same will come back to you in good time.

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