I Found Jesus There

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
January 1, 2013

The surgeon sat beside the boy’s bed; the boy’s parents sat across from him. “Tomorrow morning,” the surgeon began, “I’ll open up your heart…”

“You’ll find Jesus there,” the 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.” The surgeon looked to the parents, who sat quietly.

“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 there. The hymns all say He lives there. You’ll find Him in my heart.”

The surgeon had had enough. “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 lives there.”

The surgeon left. The surgeon sat in his office, recording his notes from the surgery: “…damaged aorta, damaged pulmonary vein, widespread muscle degeneration. No hope for transplant, no hope for cure.  Therapy: painkillers and bed rest. Prognosis:” here he paused, “death within one year.”

He stopped the recorder, but there was more to be said. “Why?” he asked aloud.

“Why did You do this? You’ve put him here; You’ve put him in this pain; and You’ve cursed him to an early death. Why?”

The Lord answered and said, “The boy, My lamb, was not meant for your flock for long, for he is a 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 were hot, but his anger was hotter. “You created that boy, and You created that heart. He’ll be dead in months. Why?”

The Lord answered, “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 wept.

The surgeon sat beside the boy’s bed; the boy’s parents sat across from him. The boy awoke and whispered, “Did you cut open my heart?”

“Yes,” said the surgeon.

“What did you find?” asked the boy.

“I found Jesus there,” said the surgeon.

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  2. I probably needed to read this. My heart’s been pretty hard lately.

  3. Made my eyes water. Just spoke (Jan. 27th) at a benefit in Hopkinsville, KY, for a family who lost a 10-year-old boy to a heart attack.

    Many people ask “Why?” when a child dies. For some reason they automatically question the “goodness” of God. Yet, when God mercifully allows them (the doubting adults) to live long, not-so-innocent lives, they never pause to ask, “Why?”

    Maybe it’s time.

  4. Patty O said:

    One of my favorite stories. Out of the mouths of babes…comes inspiration.

  5. Becky said:

    What a fabulous way to start the day! Thanks for stopping by quietambitions again…you’ve blessed me twice today! Grace & Peace!

  6. Great story!!!!! Our hearts in where Jesus should dwell, as long as, we let him in!
    I didn’t need to clean my heart for him to come in; that’s was his job. He came in, and cleaned me of all that wasn’t like him, so that I could live better, and so that he could sleep safe, and sound without the extra clutter I had lingering in there.
    God Bless.
    *Ms. Spicy

  7. Good Morning Kenny. Thank you for the like on my blog, it means a lot! I hope you are well, and I love this story. It brought tears to my eyes. My sister recently lost her son and I have been trying to console her with this fact, that she will see him again. I sent this post to her. Thank you for the hope you share.

  8. What a gorgeous, touching story! I have no word so say, only this: I am glad that Jesus lives in my heart as well. That is the best thing ever! Thanks for sharing this beautiful story!

  9. progressmom said:

    So, so beautiful. In my work, I deal with death and loss every day, and this puts into words what I believe so strongly. “Early” death is not punishment-it is a fast pass to eternal glory and bliss. As Christ-followers, we cannot lose.

    • Thanks for your comment and taking the time to share a fresh perspective!!! Take Care and God Bless :-) Kenny T

  10. Tony said:

    Such childlike faith. May we all have such faith.

  11. Reblogged this on Richard's Watch and commented:
    I enjoy vintage Dilbert; but much better is this story which our dear friend Juliet related as it goes around NE Hampshire. If anyone knows its original source please inform Kenny so he/we can give the credit that’s due.

  12. Steph said:

    Oh dear! Discovering your blog is almost kind of dangerous, hehe.. Lots of good stuff… GOD bless!!

  13. hisartproject20 said:

    I do love all of these stories on your blog! I like that they are simple enough so that anybody, regardless of where they are in the faith, can appreciate the stories. At the same time, people who have known God for a while can nod knowingly!

    • I love these stories too. They bring out a lot of emotion. Sometimes I laugh, laugh and cry at the same time and sometimes I just say “Oh My Gosh, How Wonderful.” Thanks for stopping by, Take Care and God Bless :-) Kenny T

  14. This story really stirred my heart; I actually almost died at twelve years old because of a faulty heart, and my only concern was the grief that it caused my family. I see how suffering and joy can coexist together, and that instead of frustration, despair and anger, adversity allows us to stand before our mirror and show our true inner self if only we have the courage to do so. You see, if we can manifest fortitude in adversity by the grace of God not only do we draw closer to our beloved Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, but the grace that shine within us, the gift of The Holy Spirit is made manifest to everyone around us that “people may glorify our beloved Father in Heaven. A truly beautiful story and one that I shall never forget.
    God bless you for sharing this

    • Thank you for sharing your Wonderful Testimony!!!!! I have a tear of joy in my eye as I read this!!!! Take Care and God Bless :-) Kenny T

      • My dear brother in Christ,
        It s me that is truly blessed for having discovered your blog which is an extension of your deep love for our beloved Lord Christ Jesus. May god bless you in every way possible.

  15. The faith of that boy is what I need to have more than anything else.

  16. jeannetteduwe said:

    Wonderful!

  17. As the mom of a very special little boy who has Down syndrome and was born with a hole in his heart, this strikes such a cord of truth. Thanks for making my night.

    Blessings,
    Alyson

  18. This is beautiful. Out of the mouths of babes.

  19. Melissmor said:

    WOW, this is just WOW! Imagine that!? Sometimes we’re quick to right people off thinking they’re talking madness, only to realize it’s the truth. I’ve missed reading your blogs for the while. Happy New Year – God’s beloved Blessings be upon you and your family and keep bringing us the Good News, you never disappoint!!!

  20. Every time I read this story, my hearts hurts a little and my spirit leaps for joy. What an incredible and amazing testimony to God’s love. He sent one lamb to bring another home. We have to ask ourselves, “are there lambs that we are supposed to be bringing to the flock?” What are we doing to be obedient? I’m working on that one, too. Thank you for posting this, Kenny.
    ~Debi

    • Hey Debi, Thanks for the comment!!! This story really made me think about life and other people around me too…. Plus I had to find a Kleenex. It really touched my heart!!!!! Take Care and God Bless :-) Kenny T

  21. Thank you… tears of joy, oh my soul!!! Out of the mouths of babes–do not deny the children that come unto me…Jesus was there :D . Let us all be like the little children! Thanks, Kenny!!!! :D Take care.

  22. Awwww! weeping with Joy! and a bad cup of coffee I got from a local store this morning. I’ve learned quicky that “bold” coffee is not my cup of beans. :-) Be Blessed!

  23. Great post, Kenny! I’m even drinking coffee instead of a smoothie this morning! :)

  24. Mike DeNatale said:

    Reblogged this on Blogging for Wisdom and commented:
    Don’t say I’m not sentential.

  25. Many thanks for this Kenny, and everyone’s comments. After early chores, making coffee and then getting on-line am so glad to have dipped in here FIRST rather than diving headlong into catching up with email after the hols.

  26. This is more than a story to me because a family is our community is watching their six year old son die from cancer before their eyes. As you posted this, the son of a classmate is on an operating table in St. Louise receiving a lung transplant they have waited his while life for. Anger, yes, questions, yes. Sovereignty, yes. Difficult questions, yes. Thank you.

    • Oh my, Thank you for your comments!!!!! I am so glad this story has blessed you at such a time!!!! Take Care and God Bless :-( Kenny T

  27. Thank you this reminded me that God can use all situations to spread His word.

  28. I liked both the cartoon and the story. I hope that if they cut through my heart, they would find Jesus there, like a message running through a stick of rock.

    • Hey Tanya, I’m glad you enjoyed the post and thanks so much for the comment!!!! :-) Kenny T

  29. Lyn said:

    I’m so glad your sub heading says, “best read with a cup of coffee or tea and an occasional kleenex” well, I had no tea, no coffee, and I’m out of kleenex. I had to substitute the sleeve of my shirt. Thank you Kenny.

    • LOL!!!! Maybe I should change the sub heading to “Caution Kleenex may be needed!” Take Care and God Bless :-) Kenny T

  30. Amazing story, and a good one to make us remember what life is really all about at the beginning of this new year. Thank you.

  31. Namaste and all manner of Blessings. Thank you very much for these beautiful words.

  32. seeker said:

    Never question God is what I learn from this story. Thank you.

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