God’s Timing is impeccable.
Mordi was in a rough spot. Sure, his niece had just been made the Queen of the land, and the King was quite pleased with her, but there was this other bloke who was a little upset that Mordi hadn’t bowed to his image; he, Mordi, believed that no man should have a higher status than his God. The king had lifted this other guy, Ham, as we’ll call him for now, over the other officials, and enacted an edict that he was indeed a person of power. In those days, it was customary to bow to royalty and those of a status higher than yours (heck, it still is, really), so when Mordi decided that he wasn’t going to bother with this, bowing to a man, Ham became enraged.
Haman (his real name), possibly knowing that he probably couldn’t get away with outright killing Mordi (or, perhaps, purely out of spite), instead plotted for a way to kill all the people in the kingdom that shared his same lineage. He hatched his plan, went to the king, and got it approved without the king really knowing what it was that Haman had intended. When he found out what was about to happen, Mordecai (Mordi’s real name) was devastated – he sat in front of the king’s court wailing and wearing sackcloth and ashes, which is an ancient way of showing grief, sorrow, or misery.
Mordecai continued to refuse to bow or ‘tremble’ before Haman, and this made him even angrier. He got together with his family, and came up with a plan to have Mordecai hanged the next morning. Funny thing is, though, at that very time, the King was reviewing the kingdom’s ledger of awesome people – people who had done some great service to the king – and noticed that even though Mordecai had saved his life some years back – he had never been rewarded. The next morning, as Haman entered the court to deliver the final blow in his plan to have Mordecai hanged, the king asked him how a man of valor should be treated… and when Haman, thinking the king could mean none other than he, replied that he should be adorned with riches, and paraded around the city. And that’s exactly what the king had Haman do for Mordecai.
God has a funny way of making things fall into place – it’s not always what we want, or how we want it; it’s not even always what we would consider good. But His timing is incredible and He takes care of His children.
6:1 On that night the king could not sleep. And he gave orders to bring the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. 2 And it was found written how Mordecai had told about Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, and who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 3 And the king said, “What honor or distinction has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” The king’s young men who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” (ESV)