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“It was God. I know it wasn’t any human voice,” said Tom Jones

Tom Jones: The day I heard the voice of God!

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Singer reveals brush with death during holiday swim.

Legendary crooner Sir Tom Jones has revealed how the Lord came to his rescue when he got caught out by an ocean undertow in the 1960s.

While on holiday in Acapulco, Mexico, Jones, now 80, decided to take a dip in the Pacific, but ended up in a hair-raising predicament.

He said: “I wandered off like a fool, and I look at the calm water and think it looks lovely out there. I go through the breakers and start swimming out, then somebody comes looking for me, standing on the beach and I look at them and the man was big! I thought, ‘This is it now.’”

Speaking to Alan Carr on his Life’s A Beach podcast, Tom explained how on that particular day he was wearing his cross necklace, which he usually takes off while swimming.

He said: “I always used to take my jewellery off and put it in my man bag, but for some reason I didn’t. I put my hand on my chest and still had this big cross and chain on.


“I put my hand on it and said, ‘God, I’m desperate here. What do I do?’ I was going to give up. I thought I’d take a load of water in and say good night.

“A voice came to me and said, ‘If you think you can swim, now is the time to prove it.’

“So I started to head towards the beach, head down; I went like the clappers.”

Finding himself being spun in the breaking water, Tom thought: “Surely I’m going to be thrown on the beach and break my neck, but a wave tossed me onto the beach.”
There is no doubt in Jones’ mind the voice was that of God leading him to safety.

Podcast host Alan asked him: “So, you think that was God, not a lifeguard with a megaphone?”

Tom replied: “It was God, definitely, on my life. I know it wasn’t any human voice.”

“I talked to real swimmers who said if the undertow was taking you out to sea, you have to go left or right or you’ll never make it.”


While recognising God’s help in a crisis is important, making a personal decision to follow Christ makes all the difference.

“Where will I go if I die right now?” is an important question because none of us knows when we might be called to meet our Maker.

And for Christians the answer is sure: to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Cor 5:8).

From New Life Newspaper issue 322.

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