God’s epiphany


Christians are currently observing the season of epiphany, the phenomenon of sacred revelation. And God, it would seem, also experiences epiphanies, reacting, changing course, ever flowing.

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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

10 thoughts on “God’s epiphany”

  1. Pretty humbling to consider the God of the Universe and of all power and might, is also THAT humble. PS I really wanted to photocapture the psalm we read today and will have to do that yet. I was sitting there thinking how weird would it be if I took a photo of this right now. LOL


  2. “Stephen took his own copy of the Bible down from the shelf and opened it to a story he knew well. Yahweh tells Jonah to pronounce divine wrath on the city of Nineveh. Jonah knows what he’s meant to do; he just doesn’t want to do it. And so Jonah tries to run away. It doesn’t work, of course: his boat gets swamped and his shipmates throw him overboard. The great fish swallows him up. From the abyss of deep destiny Jonah apparently reconsiders. He promises Yahweh that he’ll do his job. The fish vomits up Jonah; Jonah tells the Ninevites of their impending doom; the Ninevites repent in sackcloth; the city is spared. Jonah, looking like a fool because the city still stands, walks into the desert to sulk. We never find out whether Jonah ever again waxed enthusiastic over his prophetic career or if he died in the desert a proud but bitter man.”
    – excerpt from a (still) unpublished novel you once read.


    1. You and I have had several Jonah discussions in days past. Father Mapple’s sermon comes to mind…….You know, it strikes me that Jonah might have struck it big after that Nineveh gig. I mean, he did save the city. As far as I know, God only destroyed cities in the Old Testament that were oppressive and exploitative. We could speculate that after Jonah’s preaching, the politival elite might have sensed that the jig was up – no more plunder and pilaging, no more taxing the poor – and they may have joined forces with Jonah. They may have made him their own celebrity prophet, parading him around town, giving him a generous stipend and a nice villa stocked with lots of wine and women. Given a successful period of repentance, the elite might have then manufactured a crisis that demanded a firm authoritarian hand, this gradually giving them more opportunity to ease back into their old rackets. Meanwhile Jonah’s too cozy in his villa to have any interest in going full steam back into the prophet business. Better to work within the system and suggest reasonable reforms….What do you think? Reasonable scenario?


    2. I like it. It could make an intriguing narrative: Jonah’s life of complicity after the Nineveh repentance. Will he continue to sell out, or will he once again find himself the victim of his inescapable fate, compelled despite his better judgment and best interests to act as Yahweh’s mouthpiece?

      Tonight, as Anne and I were having dinner, I prophesied that the next song on the radio would have a message for us. It wasn’t a song either of us had ever heard before, and the lyrics weren’t particularly clear, so we continued our meal and conversation. Afterwards I looked up the song and the lyrics. I interpret the song as a validation of my version of the Jonah aftermath, where the prophet walks into the desert embittered against Yahweh for subjecting him to pubic humiliation. The title of the song: “Eat My Dust You Insensitive F*ck.”


    3. Alternative seminal title… Job: It Ain’t Baroque But Let’s Fix It Anyhow. After a moderately good night’s sleep I’ve got an alternative interpretation of the other song: maybe it’s Yahweh’s response to Jonah.


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