outcast and ignored

Amos answered Amaziah, “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 and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’” Amos 7: 14-15

Shepherds in Bible times were outcasts, mostly ignored and sometimes picked on. Nobody wanted to be a shepherd. Nobody much wanted them, either.

But God did. He was always taking the unexpected and the unlikely and even the unworthy to do His

Amos wasn’t so sure God had the right man when He called him, but he went anyway. So a shepherd, who
had a part time job taking care of trees, was called to do the work of God and to proclaim His Word.

So you have a job to do, and no one notices. God does, and He has a plan for you.

Where we see a sheep, He sees a sacrifice.

Where we see a tree, He sees the fruit.

Where we see ourselves, He sees His Son.

It makes you wonder. What does God see for you?

For Advent, the fourth Thursday.

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