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“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Following a public testimony for Jesus Christ, our Jewish friend “Lee,” who lives in a nursing home, was asked how it came about that he heard what he believed was the voice of God inside his head.

“I had not prepared myself for such a question,” he wrote to me. “I spoke from the heart, with Christ’s help.

“I explained it this way: There is an awful lot of noise on the outside coming in and distracting me during prayer and meditation--be it the noise from radio, TV, peoples’ conversation, alarms, traffic noise, aircraft, sirens, and the like. 

“While a quiet, secluded room helps, it alone is not the answer. A comfortable pair of earplugs does a fine job.

“Then, much to my surprise, I came to the realization that the noise inside can be even louder. It’s made up of everyday noise, but on a more personal level. 

“There are the woulda, coulda, and shoulda comments that I didn’t say, either in an attempt to be polite or to defuse an argument. Those sharp and witty come-backs that just weren’t there at the time of the situation. And kindnesses thought of but not performed.

​Noises Filtered Through Pain

“There are movie dialog snippets, pieces of music, TV ads, catchy jingles. Real life emergencies, noises filtered through pain, sickness, and unconsciousness. 

“Parental sounds, punishments, the sizzle of your face all hot and flushed…just before tears and distorted sounds during especially trying and emotional times like the deaths and funerals of your parents.

“It’s most easily explained by comparing it to a full orchestra. Trying to push the noise out and down just doesn’t work. What I found that does work is to reach into this orchestra and pull out the loudest noise-makers first, like the drums or trumpets, and closely examine each one, recognizing where it came from, validating the reason for its existence. I simply separate it from the main group, recognize its value, and ask it to be quiet for now. 

“Sometimes they stay put. Sometimes pieces rejoin the group. It took me about three weeks of daily prayer and concentration until it seemed relatively quiet. 

“In that long expanse of quiet there seemed to be a faint whisper, in a voice that was very unlike my own. It was a small, female child’s voice and as I focused on it, the sound became clearer. Maybe it was always there, but I just couldn’t hear it due to all the noise. It said, ‘You are not alone, and this is not the end. I have plans for you!’

“Was it worth the effort? Did it tell me what I most desperately needed to know? Oh yes. Emotional tears are staining this page as I write. For me, it was life-changing!”

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