But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

Johnny Dooley Testimony

I was blessed in that I was born into a Christian family and was brought up in church and the ways of the Lord.  When I was around 9-10 of age, during a Vacation Bible School, our pastor explained what it meant to be saved and how to trust Jesus Christ as Saviour.  I went forward the next Sunday and accepted Christ as my Saviour.  I was later baptized in Goose Creek.  It wasn’t till later when I was in High school that I learned what it meant to make Christ the Lord of my life.  I learned that Christ died for me because He really loved me (Romans 5:8), and if I really loved Him I would completely surrender to Him and be obedient to His leadership in my life.

Because of the influence of a wonderful Christian girl, who later became my wife, I came under the sound solid Gospel preaching at Grace Memorial Baptist Church.  I have learned many things in these past 35 years, but one on the most meaningful things the Lord has taught me came from Isaiah 40:31 which reads, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”  I learned that the word “wait” in this passage has the concept of being a “wait-er”, not just one who steps back and allows another to lead but one who is always ready to serve.  Teach me, Lord, to wait.

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