There's an oldies station I listen to every morning as I drive to work, Bob FM. I love this station (until they air anything Rolling Stones--then I switch stations-for purely personal reasons, I just don't like them). This great station plays tons of Beatle tunes, and my entire family are huge Beatle fans. This morning, they played Nowhere Man, written by John Lennon. The words are as follows:
He's a real nowhere man, sitting in his nowhere land, making all his nowhere plans for nobody,
Doesn't have a point of view, knows not where he's going to, isn't he a bit like you and me?
Nowhere man, please listen, you don't know what you're missing, nowhere man, the world is at your command.
He's as blind as he can be, just sees what he wants to see, nowhere man, can you see me at all?
Nowhere man, don't worry, take your time, don't hurry, leave it all til somebody else lends you a hand.
Kind of a sad little song, huh? I may have missed a few words, but you get the general idea. An amazing thing about this is I am reading a book called Don't Waste Your Life, and the author mentions this song. I read this part immediately after hearing this song. God moves in mysterious ways. Could've just been a coincidence, but, I don't think so.
I think we all can relate to this, or have felt like this. We're blind, we only see what we want to, we wait to do things that only we can do, and we know it. We wait for someone else to take the lead.
We are no longer nowhere men and women. We have a purpose, and a blueprint carefully spelled out for our lives. Our plans have meaning in the highest sense of the word. God is in command of our world.
Yet there are still so many people out there who feel like the man in the song. No purpose, no meaning, no plan, no God. Just emptiness and despair, blindness of the things that truly matter, and we're the ones who must help them up. If we don't do it, who will?
God reached out to us, pulled us out of nowhere, and put us somewhere, and He wants to do this for everyone. I don't know what John Lennon's intentions were when he sat down to pen this. I do know that anything can take on new meaning and really drive home a point if you view it through God's eyes.
We are all somebodies. It's just that some of us don't know it yet. We have to tell them, and we have to tell them why. No one should have to live the life of a nowhere man or woman. Ever. There's no need.
Jesus, place Your hand on those who feel this way, and let them know that there really are no nowhere people. We all count in Your eyes.
Beautifully put. As you say, as Christians, we have finally found a true purpose in life; no more need we ever be Nowhere People. "Nowhere Man" is one of my favourite ever sixtes songs, expertly written musically and lyrically, so much so that you never tire of its melancholy beauty, but what an evocation of loneliness and emptiness: the antithesis of the Christian life.