A Word in Season for the Weary

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When I was 26 years old, the night before my water baptism, I prayed and asked the Lord to reveal to me my calling. He impressed this verse strongly on my spirit: “The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens me morning by morning. He awakens my ear to hear as the learned” (Isaiah 50:4).

That verse burned in my heart, and I rejoiced in God’s revelation that confirmed my gifting and source of joy. I thought I would teach as a minister of God’s word, but instead I have taught more than a decade in higher education, as a biology professor. My teaching vocation began in my home culture, the Philippines, but now I serve students in the United States at a Christian liberal arts university. Isaiah 50:4 still burns in my heart, but with an understanding tempered by time and experience.