For many of us, the prophets seem like weird people that are impossible to relate to. But when we look close, these strange people begin to look a little more human.
Take Amos for example. Amos never seemed to plan on becoming a prophet, but was flung into the role by God. He recounts his own story.
“I was no prophet, nor a prophet’s son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs. But the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ (Am 7:14-15)
While other prophets may have had a background that seemed to set them up as an obvious pick for the prophethood, Amos, like King David, started off his career by taking care of sheep. He also worked a second job taking care of the fruit of sycamore trees.
But though he seems like an unusual pick for a prophet, the call of God came and changed his life. And so, Amos entered into the ministry regardless of the fact that he had nothing other than the word of the Lord affirming his position. This should be a word of encouragement to many who have been challenged on their own calling.