What a great story in the reading today! The book of Esther is good literature.
And it also has in it something to celebrate and remember for a Thursday: there is an invisible hand in everything.
This is not Adam Smith's invisible hand. But you might have noticed that "God" (in name or idea) is not mentioned in the book of Esther. So why in the world, in a book about God and written by God, would you include a story that doesn't mention Him? Because He's in the details of life even when you don't know it.
Who gave Esther favor in the King's sight?
Who caused the King to spare her life when she appeared before him?
Who allowed Mordecai to hear of the plot against the king at the gate?
Who kept the king up such that the chronicles were read to him?
I could keep going. But I think you get the point. There is God, behind the scenes, acting providentially to accomplish His purpose for His people, even in a foreign land.
We just need eyes to see it.