Reference text: Amos 7:10-17

King David was a lone shepherd with his herd, and Amos about whom we read today, confirms his origins as ‘a herdsman and dresser of sycamore figs’. Both men had ‘humble’ beginnings. It may suffice to dare say that they began from places of obscurity; places from which a great light indeed would have been required to announce them to the world.

Both men however did not dwell on what had been, but had transitioned in both mind and body to that new place God had propelled them to. So while as King, David said ‘Lord, who am I and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far’, Amos responds thus to Amaziah ‘the Lord took me from following the flock, and told me to prophesy’ – that is exactly what I am doing.

Sometimes, we become consumed by the things that surround our past and origins that we forget where the mercy and graces of God has brought us to! We forget the callings into which God has transitioned us. This message is therefore a gentle reminder not to only ponder on where we have come from, but to also consider what we are called to do where we find ourselves now.


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