The book of Amos is tucked in between Joel and Obadiah.  Page 1340 :).  The scriptures say this about Amos in chapter 7:14-15, when he was being told to leave the country because the people there did not like what the Lord was saying through Amos….Amos said, “I was neither a prophet nor a prophet’s son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees.  But the Lord took me from tending the flock” 

You see, Amos was a prophet….but  he did not start that way.  He ended up that way.  Amos did not have a degree or a pedigree.  He was not schooled in the prophetic nor did he attend the prophetic seminary.  He tended flocks and figs.  He had blisters on his hands, dust on his sandals,…and probably much more depending on how careful he was walking all around those sheep….. 

God was working then in 792 B.C. and He is working now.  God is working all around us all the time.  The Lord took Amos away from what he was doing and made him into something else.  When you have an encounter with the Living God….you are changed.  Amos was, Moses was, Abraham was, and on and on throughout time…………louie was, Zosh was, Pete was, Jen was, Debbie was,……..and the list goes on.

You may just be a sheepherder or a tender of fig trees right now…Put your ear to the spirit……look around  you and see what God is doing……just in small areas, at your work, on the street, maybe even in your church….and listen for what God may say to you about leaving the flock and figs….at least for a while.

louie @ lmercer6@cfl.rr.com