Let me clarify. I was alone in the room, and everyone else was asleep, and the voice didn't belong to anyone I knew. It was just there. As a five-year-old, I was pretty open-minded, and I was more curious than scared.
"Who is it?" I called out.
There was a slight pause.
"This is God."
I thought, Oh, well that makes sense. Okay. I just assumed the voice was telling the truth, and I never questioned it, even though I should have.
This happened off and on again for a while, The voice would call my name, and I would say hi, and then it would stop. And then one night, it wasn't just one voice. It felt like there was a whole big group of people, huddled around my bed, muttering amongst themselves... about me.
"He's so young."
"Look at his face."
"Who will he become?"
As a child, I decided that it was a lot of angels, and I was totally chill with that. I don't know how I got to sleep that night, as I don't remember the voices ceasing.
Then, one night, a few weeks later, I heard the lone voice again. I had had a pretty rough day, I was real tired, and I just wanted to go to sleep.
As I said, I was tired.
"Listen, God..." I said. "Can I just, not do this? Can we do this some other night? I just really just want to sleep right now."
I never heard the voice again after that night. And nine years later, I found out that the best way to get rid of a ghost is to ask it to leave. Freaked out and a little excited, I told my sister that we used to have a ghost, and told her all about the voice. She had a look of surprise.
"You heard it too?" she said.
The movement stopped and then left, and we all went back to our own tents, though it wasn't very easy to sleep, considering that the people in the next campsite over seemed to be inebriated and partying around a bonfire.
"Always swim on your belly. We have catfish in these waters, and they are notorious bottom feeders."
"Which is faster, hot or cold? I assume hot, I can catch a cold."
"If you hear silence back here, just reach down and pull me back in."
At the halfway point, we stopped and had lunch on the rocks.
Later on, we came upon a really tall rock on one side of the river, and the guide said that anyone willing could go up and jump off. So of course I did that.
If one thing's for sure, this was a great trip!