Nearly three thousand years ago, a prophet named Amos described himself by saying, “I was no prophet, nor a prophet’s son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs” (7:14).
One of twelve Minor Prophets in the Old Testament, Amos was not a product of the professional schools that trained prophets. Nor was he born into a family of priests like Jeremiah and Ezekiel; ministry was not the family business. On the other hand, Amos took care of sheep and farmed fig trees.
And yet, God chose this fig picker from Tekoa—a small village about ten miles south of Jerusalem—to deliver divine messages to the Northern Kingdom. Be encouraged. God loves to choose ordinary people to do extraordinary things.