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Professor Manuel Hernández
Essays Collection

Address: : 2012 Ernest St. Kissimmee, Florida 34741

Manuel Hernandez was born in Sleepy Hollow, New York in 1963. He completed undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus and finished a Master�s in Education from Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY) in the Bronx in 1994. He has coordinated symposiums, produced and coordinated television interviews on the literature written by Puerto Rican and Latino/a writers from the Diaspora. He has done numerous presentations, workshops and seminars on how to integrate latino/a literature in the English classroom. In 2014, he participated in a TedxTalk (Connections) at Southern New Hampshire University. He is the author of three books, , Latino/a Literature in the English Classroom (Editorial Plaza Mayor, 2003), The Birth of a Rican (Imprenta Sifre. 2008) and Living the Kingdom with purpose (Imprenta Sifre, 2013). He is a Language Arts teacher at Osceola School District in Florida.

Our Time vs. His Time
By Manuel Hernandez-Carmona copyright 2007

There is no doubt that there will always be a debate over when it is God's time for His Perfect Will and when it is our time to override His Perfect Will through our own imperfect human self and actions. When Abraham was seventy-five years old, God told him that, "And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." (Genesis 12:2-3, Gateway Bible). God was talking about making Abraham a "great nation" and "great name", but he did not have children. It was not until Abraham was about one-hundred years old that Sarah gave birth to Isaac. In God's Time, Abraham would have child, but in Abraham and Sarah's time---they were too old to have children.

Every moment of our lives is determined by man-made time. We use watches--we wake up to alarm clocks--we go through the day with a minute to minute agenda. When God receives us as His children (John 1:12), He introduces us to a different time..His TIME. For God a hundred human years are like a day but for you and I, a hundred years is a lifetime, a century and/or a historical period. I was born in 1963, and I am forty-four years old, but for God I am merely a born-again child who is learning how to walk within His Design and carry out His Purpose. God's TIME is perfect and just; our time is imperfect and ill-calculated.

In 1997, I had an opportunity of a lifetime when I was hired as a full-time professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. I thought I was on top of the world, professionally speaking. UPR Mayaguez is one of the top ten engineering schools in the USA. I believed I was walking within God's Time in my life. But on the first day of work, the man who hired me had a heart attack and passed away. This was the guy who had verbally promised tenure. Ten months later, his replacement and a dear friend fired me. It was one of the most difficult times of my life, but I learned a valuable lesson--when it is God's TIME, everything will be not only right, but HIS Perfect Peace will minister to your heart. I never told anyone, but I never felt peace when I decided to move my family to Mayaguez.

His TIME is everlasting and beyond human expectations; our time is based on the intellect, man-made goals and inner ambitions and desires. God has given you this time to read this message. If you have gotten this far, it's because you are interested in knowing more about God's TIME for your life. Take time from your hectic daily agenda and ask God to guide you through the process. It doesn't matter how old you are. Age is not a factor in God's TIME. God chose Esther, a young and beautiful girl, to lead the most powerful nation during Her living time. Samuel was a child when God called him, and David was only seventeen when the prophet Samuel annointed him as king. Moses was eighty years old...shall I continue? Age is merely a human process that all of us must go through, but God is not interested in your age; He is interested that you decisively identify HIS TIME for your life. Once you enter God's TIME, everything else will fall into place, in His TIME, of course.