Taking Time With Joan
By Peter Caliguri
Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. John 4:6 ESV
Most of us live life as if we are part of a cattle stampede. We are pressed between others; everyone is going in the same direction and we are making every effort to go as fast as we can. But Joan* (not her real name) sits in the corner of the dining room in her wheel-chair listening as we sing the hymns. She cannot sing any longer but she comes every week just to listen. In fact there are many things Joan can no longer do. There is no more time to make cookies for her grandchildren, no way to go to choir practice or sing in the Easter pageant. In the opinion of the world, Joan’s is a useless life. But when God looks at her, He doesn’t notice the wrinkles on her face or see the tremor in her hands. Instead, Jesus sees her as the happy child who once gave joy to her parents. He remembers Joan as a loving wife, a fiercely loyal mother and a kind neighbor. Most of all Jesus engraved Joan’s name on the palms of His hands the very moment she gave her life to Him. Today, though more than 80 years have passed, Joan still belongs to Him. So when Jesus walks by, He stops and sits down by her side. He delightedly takes her by the hand, looks into her eyes and gives her His full attention. The world is filled with Joan’s and Jim’s, who sit not only in nursing homes, but also alone in senior apartments, on park benches watching children play and on the back seats of our church. When Jesus sees them, He does not see uselessness, but a lives, well lived and well-loved. He sees lambs for whom He laid down His life. Sometimes we feel as if we have no time because of our life’s stampede into the next workweek or the weekend’s activities. But the God who is never too busy for us, challenges us to slow down and leads us to a well where we can sit down and visit with Joan today!
Peter Caligiuri has been writing since he was a teen-ager. Both short poems and devotionals have appeared in various periodicals such Secret Place, Breakthrough Intercessor and The Upper Room. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education/English from Western Connecticut State College as well as having attended Elim Bible College. He is now retired and lives with his wife Nancy in New Port Richey, Florida where they are members of Generations Christian Church. Together they have two awesome sons, six lively grandsons and one very special granddaughter.