Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Today's Reflection

I read this tonight, from Amos, Chapter 3: 3-7

Do two walk together unless they have agreed?
Does a lion roar in the forest when it has no prey?
Does a young lion cry out from its den unless it has seized something?
Is a bird brought to earth by a snare when there is no lure for it?
Does a snare spring up from the ground without catching anything?
If the trumpet sounds in a city, will the people not be frightened?
If evil befalls a city, has not the Lord cause it?
Indeed, the Lord God does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants, the prophets.

The clarity of this passage is inspiring. Frequently I lay awake at night, or stare off into the emptiness of the mid-day, questioning whether or not I am living out all I have been called to do, using all my gifts to the best of my ability.

This prophecy from Amos reminds me that the work we are called to do is always before us, even if we fail to recognize it in our humanity. The trappings of our lives are all-consuming, and unless we take heed of our surroundings. The prophets of God are everywhere, in friends, family, our jobs, the thousand decisions we make every day, if only we pay attention.

Are our minds attuned to minutia of life, or to the greater calling of using our gifts to the benefit of one another? We are all imperfect, but if we make the conscious choice to help others first, and fulfill our potential, we shall be truly happy.