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By Tanya Wilson

There is nothing like old gospel spirituals that I grew up on.  It’s funny that when things happen in life, one of the songs in your memory bank will bubble up and speak to you right where you are.  A few months ago, the late James Cleveland and his version of “What Shall I Do,” delivered a powerful reminder to me.  One verse, the one I like the best, “…..when the night gets the darkest, that’s God’s good time, that’s when He steps in.”

The journey of life will always ebb and flow.  Sometimes things will be well, and other times you find yourself on rocky terrain.  An easy life free of any challenges was never promised to any of us, 2 Timothy 1-8 offers us insight on that.

The good news when you are dealing with the challenges of life is the value of your tried and true support partners.  These are the folks in your life that you can totally reveal your heart to, it might be only one or two, but there is power in those connection.  Somehow I think it was in the plan of life, that we would meet special people along our journey that can lift our arms even if we cannot.

James Cleveland talked about it in the song; nighttime can be a rough time.  I don’t know what it is about darkness, but it seems that all the thoughts of the day come in for a visit.  It’s good to know that there are words you can grab on to as reminders, but also, those folks that a good mother in the church taught me about.  You never know where your encouragement is going to come from.  I like what a friend shared with me, he said, “we serve an 11:59 God!”  I didn’t get it right away, but then it hit me, just in the nick of time, with only seconds to spare, He WILL show up!

It is clear that our testimonies are not necessarily for us, but someone that is standing in the need of that message of hope, which is evidence of how powerful we can be in each other’s lives.  Don’t miss your opportunity to sow where you are planted.

Tanya Wilson is a writer and speaker living in Charlotte, friend her or Facebook and follow her on Twitter. You can reach her at

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