Queen Esther’s Jewish name, Hadassah, means ‘The Myrtle’. This is a very beautiful tree, especially when in bloom. It is an evergreen tree, not too tall, with star- like flowers of purple, reddish and white color and a delicate fragrance. Because it is evergreen, it does not lose all its leaves in the cold season; so it is never naked or bare, but always beautiful to see. The flowers last long, up to four months in a year; the changing of seasons do not affecting its beauty. The myrtle tree is hardy and resistant to disease. The strength and beauty of the myrtle tree is a sign of eternal blessings from God; they are a symbol of His favor and protection.
‘I will make rivers flow on barren heights and spring within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into springs. I (Jehovah) will put in the desert… the myrtle…so that people may see and know, may consider and understand that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it’ (Is 41:18-20)
The above scripture is an encouragement to the humble and it refers to the grace shown to them. Their oppressors will be destroyed. The people of God will ‘bloom in the desert’. They will prosper in the most difficult circumstances. They are signs that God is alive, that God loves them. The success of a believer has no other explanation than the fact that God is with him and He alone receives all the glory. Like his Lord, the believer ‘will grow up before Him like a tender plant and like a root out of dry ground’ (Is 53: 2). The beauty is not seen by the natural eyes, but it will be revealed in a great harvest and eternal satisfaction at last. God has simplified our lives. He said: ‘My grace is sufficient for you’ (2Cor 12:9). The only thing we need is God’s favor. It is the greatest shield for man. Nobody can destroy the humble, obedient and faithful child of God for ‘God gives grace to the humble’ (Jam 4:6).
This is the secret of people like Joseph or Esther in the Bible.