"Tomorrow morning," the surgeon began, "I'll open up your heart..."
"You'll find Jesus there." the little boy interrupted.
The surgeon looked up annoyed. "I'll cut your heart open," he continued,"to see how much damage has been done...."
"But when you open up my heart, you'll find Jesus in there." said the little boy.
The surgeon looked at the parents who sat quietly nearby. "When I see how much damage has been done, I'll sew your heart and chest back up and I'll plan what to do next."
"But you'll find Jesus in my heart. The Bible says He lives in your heart. The hymns all say He lives there. you'll find Him in my heart."
The surgeon had had enough. After losing so many patients during or after surgeries, he had lost faith in Jesus. Frustrated at the little boy's faith, he said, "I'll cut your heart open," he continued, "I'll tell you what I'll find in your heart. I'll find damaged muscle, low blood supply and weakened vessels. and I'll find out if I can make you well."
"You'll find Jesus there, too. He live there." the little boy said as he smiled at the surgeon.
The next day, after surgery on the little boy, the surgeon was in his office recording notes. "... damaged aorta, damaged pulmonary vein, widespread muscle degeneration. No hope for transplant, no hope for cure. Assesment: painkillers and bed rest. Prognosis," the surgeon paused for a brief moment then continued, "death within one year."
Feeling angry and sadden he asked aloud, "Why? Why did You do this? You've put him here. You put him in this pain and You've cursed him to an early death. Why?'
The Lord answered, "The boy, My lamb, was not meant for your flock for long, for he is part of My flock and will forever be. Here, in My flock, he will feel no pain and will be comforted as you cannot imagine. His parents will one day join him here and they will know peace and My flock will continue to grow."
The surgeon's tears trickled down his face as he angrily said, "You created that boy and You created that heart. He'll be dead in months. Why?"
"Although, I owe you no explanations for what I am doing, I see how much you do not know," God replied. "The boy, My lamb, shall return to My flock for he has done his duty. I did not put My lamb with your flock to lose him... but to retrieve another lost lamb."
The surgeon then realized the revelation God had exposed to him. He was the lost lamb God sent the boy to retrieve. He dried his eyes and waited a few moments before going to the little boys room to inform the parents of his medical findings.
When he entered the little boys room, he went over and sat beside his bed while the parents sat across from him. The boy, feeling droggy from the anesthesia, looked at the surgeon and whispered, "Did you cut open my heart?'
"Yes, I did." replied the surgeon.
"What did you find?" asked the boy.
"I found Jesus there." the surgeon gently replied.
James 5:19-20 My dear brothers and sisters, if someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back, you can be sure that whoever brings that someone back will save that person from death and bring about forgiveness of many sins. NLT
Sometimes God will take one of His sheep home in order that it will save many others. Remember... He took Jesus Christ home and it saved all of mankind.