That one glass of Coca Cola last night at KFC got me. It was already past 12 midnight this morning when I suddenly remembered Rica Joy and Nap’s prophetic words during the 2010 prophetic service. I had just resigned from the University of the Philippines’ Marine Science Institute (UP MSI), without a job, broken and broke and with a BIG question for God: “Lord, what do YOU really want me to do?” Then, I was already ready to ask Him that and to obey. I had ran away from teaching for tooooo loooong. No different from Jonah, I guess.
And so I leafed through the pages of last year’s journal and I found the words that God gave through Rica Joy. In it were His promises that I would come to know and see what His plans were for me. It wasn’t only for 2010 but it would continue up to 2011 and 2012. Nap also spoke to me that 2010 was either the year I stepped into my destiny or I’d miss it and there would be another delay. Hopeless was one word that described me that time. I had called several schools from USC, CNU, STC, CIE, CIC and even CDU. No available teaching positions. No open doors but then I didn’t want just any job either. I now wanted what God wanted for me this time even if it meant a teaching job. Try as I might to deny it I knew He had called me to teach.
In the Bible, Lot’s wife got into a whole lot of trouble when she looked back. She froze in time. But today, I look back because my heart is grateful at how God has brought me to where He wanted me to be. His way, His time and His plan. I didn’t even have a hand in it except to jump in and obey.
When I said “yes” to His plan, doors suddenly opened. Discovery Camp to teach young kids and just this year, at St. Theresa’s College to teach young people. As I am wont to say in my posts, teaching is a privilege and a blessing. I now see that.
On the pages of last year’s journal, I had written some of the organizations that I had dreamed of working in. These were the orgs (in no particular order) that I wanted to work in: ADB, UNDP, UN, the World Bank, Ayala Foundation and Museum, NEDA, Congress (as a researcher), Cebu City Mayor’s Management Team and even the Malacanang Presidential Management Staff. I wanted to do it my way but every door was closed. When I finally surrendered and let go of all these dreams of serving in the government and public sector through NGOs and civil society orgs, doors opened. Kingdom Irony 101: When you lose your life for Him, you’ll find it. 🙂 haha!
When we obey there’s joy, peace and a feeling that everything just falls into place. Yes, the dream of serving in the government and the public sector is still there but it’s in His hands. He can give and He can take it away. All I know is that I am blessed to have known my students last year and this year in Discovery Camp, my students this semester at ST. Theresa’s College and the teachers I work with. I don’t know what lies ahead next semester or next year but my future is secure in His hands now.