Why I would not want to be a prophet:
Most of the prophets of both the Old and New Testaments were killed for what they had to say. They bore many sorrows and suffered. It was a terrible burden to be a prophet.
Of course they were called by God to speak their prophecies. They could hardly have done otherwise. Jonah tried to keep from being a prophet, but in the end he had little choice.
Isaiah was sawn in two. Jeremiah was stoned. Ezekiel was slain. Daniel was thrown in the lion's den (he survived). Micah was thrown off a cliff. Amos was beaten and clubbed to death. Jonah was swallowed by a whale. Elijah was persecuted and chased throughout the land until he was raptured (someday he too will be killed). John the Baptist was beheaded. Jesus was crucified (while Jesus is much more than a prophet).
A handful lived to a ripe old age. But everyone was acquainted with sorrow. Their messages weren't popular. They were seldom heeded... though Jonah was one of the few exceptions in that regard.
James 5:10 says "Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience."
Read about the lives of the prophets. The stories are mostly sad... but so very true. We don't know the whole story of the lives they led, only that their lives are used as examples of suffering and patience. Maybe someday soon we will have the opportunity to ask them, but by then I am sure they'd rather talk about the happier things of heaven. I'm sure that there was a time when a prophet rarely smiled, but now I am sure that they all do!
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“You will be like the wings of a dove covered with silver, And her feathers with yellow gold.” — Psalm 68:13
“O that I had wings like a dove then I would fly away and be at rest.”