Sit & Wait vs. Get up & Go

There are times where it is best to sit and wait and then there are other times we better be ready to get up and go.  The difference is knowing when to do which…Bartimaeus had a chance to do both: 

    [46] And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. [47] And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” [48] And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” [49] And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” [50] And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. [51] And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” [52] And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way. (Mark 10:46-52 ESV)

This poor man had sat on that roadside for who knows how long.  Sitting & waiting had become his daily job.  I’m sure there was even some comfort in knowing that was what tomorrow held.  Yet, one day he sprang into action.  He allowed himself to change and be changed.  He decided it was a ‘getting up and going’ kind of a day.  

If he hadn’t been sitting & waiting he wouldn’t have met Jesus that day.  If he hadn’t of got up and got going then he wouldn’t have found Jesus that day.  When is it right to just sit & wait?  When is it right to get up and go?  

Notice that he got up upon the command of Christ & His followers.  Until that moment, he was simply putting himself in position by sitting & waiting.  You sit & wait until you have orders from headquarters.  Yet, sitting and waiting shouldn’t represent laziness or apathy.  It should represent preparedness & hope.  You get up and go when you hear the Master’s call.  Yet, getting up and going shouldn’t represent anxiousness.  It should represent faith-in-action.  

I’m sure there are areas of our lives where we need to sit and wait today.  I also expect there are parts of our life that it is time that we get up and go.  My prayer is that we know when to do which and I’m confident that Jesus has directions for us with both.  We must listen and discern.  Let us put our spiritual ears on today!