My 9-year-old's last-second request surprised his doctor
and taught me a valuable lesson about sharing the
gospel....by Tina Blessitt
Last fall my 9-year-old son, Austin, had his tonsils
removed. Before the surgery, Austin's anesthesiologist came
to start an IV. He was wearing a cool surgical cap covered
in colorful frogs. Austin loved that "frog hat."
The doctor explained that he had two choices. He could
either try to start the IV, or he could wait until Austin
was up in the operating room. In the OR the doctor would
give Austin some "goofy" gas, and start the IV when he was
"So, Austin ," he asked, "which do you want?"
Austin replied, "I'll take the gas."
But when the doctor started to leave, Austin called, "Hey,
The doctor turned. Yeah, buddy, what do you need?"
"Do you go to church?"
"No," the doctor admitted. "I know I probably should, but I
Austin then asked, "Well, are you saved?"
Chuckling nervously, the doct or said, "Nope. But after
talking to you, maybe it's something I should consider."
Pleased with his response, Austin answered, "Well, you
should, 'cause Jesus is great!"
"I'm sure He is, little guy," the doctor said, and quickly
made his exit.
After that a nurse took me to the waiting room. Someone
would come and get me when Austin's surgery was done.
After about 45 minutes, the anesthesiologist came into the
waiting room. He told me the surgery went well and then
said, "Mrs. Blessitt, I don't usually come down and talk to
the parents after a surgery, but I just had to tell you
what your son did."
Oh boy, I thought. What did that little rascal do now?
The doctor explained that he'd just put the mask on Austin
when my son signaled that he needed to say something.
When the doctor removed the mask, Austin blurted, "Wait a
minute, we have to pray!"
The doctor told him to go ahead, and Austin prayed, "Dear
Lord, please let all the doctors and nurses have a good day.
And Jesus, please let the doctor with the frog hat get
saved and start going to church. Amen."
The doctor admitted this touched him. "I was so sure he
would pray that his surgery went well," he explained. "He
didn't even mention his surgery. He prayed for me! Mrs.
Blessitt, I had to come down and let you know what a great
little guy you have."
A few minutes later a nurse came to take me to post-op. She
had a big smile on her face as we walked to the elevator.
"Mrs. Blessitt, I couldn't wait to tell you something
exciting that your son did."
With a smile, I told her that the doctor already mentioned
Austin 's prayer.
"But there's something you don't know," she said. "Some of
the other nurses and I have been witnessing to and praying
for that doctor for a long time. After your son's surgery,
he tracked a few of us down to tell us about Austin 's
prayer. He said, 'Well girls, you got me. If that little
boy could pray for me when he was about to have surgery,
then I think maybe I need his Jesus too."
She then recounted how they joined the doctor as he prayed
to receive Christ right there in the hospital.
Wow! Austin had played a small part in something wonderful.
But then, so did the nurses who prayed and witnessed.
I thought about John's words in his Gospel, "One sows and
the other reaps"
(John 4:37 ).
Austin 's experience taught me that, although we never know
which role we may be called to play, in the end it doesn't
matter. What's important is that we remain faithful in
sharing the gospel.
Tina Blessitt, a freelance writer, lives with her husband
and four children in Kentucky .
"Don't tell God how big your troubles are--tell your
trouble HOW BIG YOUR GOD IS!