I heard a story the other day.

It was one I’d heard before.

I’m sure it struck me the first time.

This time however it left a tear in my heart.

A tear for those who refuse to hear.


The date was September 11, 2001.

The place was a smoke filled hallway in a doomed high rise tower.

The people were trying to move quickly to escape the inferno in which they found themselves.

There was so much confusion mixed in with the acrid smelling smoke that no one could see the way out.


One man, in all that terror, found an exit.

Calling to his fellows behind him, he kept repeating just one sentence.

“Come to my voice.  Come to my voice.”


I don’t remember how many exactly, but I do remember that many were saved that day.

They were saved because they heard a voice in their wilderness.

They heard a voice and they followed it.

Fast forward.


Do you find yourself in a wilderness of confusion?

Are you in a place that your vision is so obscured that you cannot find the exit that you seek?

What voice are you hearing in the acrid smelling smoke of your circumstances?


Is it a voice of defeat?

Saying give up, give up, what’s the use?


Or is it the Voice of Hope?

One that simply says

“Come to my voice.  Come to my voice.”


I urge you to listen only to the voice that gives you life and hope.


It is never too late to hear it.

The voice of our Father in Heaven that wants us to live!


Here are some scriptures that I found helpful.


John 10:27-28 (NIV1984)

My sheep listen to My my  voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life,

and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.


Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV1984) You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.


Isaiah 30:21 (NIV1984)   whether you turn to the right or to the left,

your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”


Hebrews 3:1 5 (NIV1984) “Today, if you hear his voice,

do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”


Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV1984) 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.


Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.


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