Malachi's Message, Part 3
The episode opens with Tom and Eugene coming into Whit's End sharing their updates with Whit and Connie: Eugene brought Katrina to the airport as she had to go home to Chicago, while Tom mentions that he stayed up all night working on plans for the Timothy Center and asks for prayer. Jason has decided to go fishing at Trickle Lake to relieve his tension, to get away from everything and think. Malachi meets him there to deliver a message. Jason is still skeptical of Malachi, and grabs Malachi, threatening him. Malachi tells Jason to let go, and presumably throws him in Trickle Lake as is known by Jason's conversation with Jack and Joanne. Tom presents the Timothy Center idea to Margaret Faye, but she wants the center to be more inclusive to other religions and to put females in key roles. Eugene tries to be more aggressive with his dean, but it doesn’t seem to work. Jason shows up at Jack and Joanne's antique shop and the three of them decide to talk. Malachi turns up at Whit's End and gives messages to Eugene and Connie — he tells Eugene to be strong in his faith and Connie to go to Tom Riley. Connie ends up deciding to work at the Timothy Center.
Tom meets once again with Margaret, and finally convinces her to let him build the Center with the help of some local kids. At the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Center, Whit and Jason announce that Jason will be taking Joanne's place on the mission field. As everyone else heads off, Whit encounters Malachi, who says he is leaving, but what has begun will continue, though they will not remember he was there. He assures Whit that he, and many angels, are always nearby. He also asks Whit what measure of grace he would like. When Whit responds that he would like inspiration, Malachi laughs and grants it. The inspiration results in the Transmuter. He then suggests that Whit fixes the look of Angels in the Imagination Station. He then disappears and Whit is left wondering what he was doing standing alone in the trees, but quickly goes to join the others, filled with new ideas.
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- Malachi said that there are many angels around us. How does it make you feel to know that angels are all around?
- Jason said he felt restless because he wasn't sure what he was supposed to be doing with his life. Malachi said that sense of restlessness was God-given. How can God use the situations in our life to direct the path we follow?
VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The album version of this episode adds several lines towards the end, after Malachi leaves. Whit tells Tom of an inspiration boost, which would lead in #419: “Another Man's Shoes” to the Transmuter.
- This episode marks the Jason's second fishing trip after #359: “The Merchant of Odyssey”.
- Malachi's message to Eugene in this episode warning him that things will "get worse before they get better" effectively foreshadows his and Katrina's experiences during the Novacom Saga, including the death of Armitage Shanks and Eugene's memory loss that would only be resolved in #566: “A Most Extraordinary Conclusion” seven years later.
- Connie's desire to be a teacher as mentioned in this episode was previously established in #194: “A License to Drive”.
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- This three-part episode topped Alex Jefferson's (of Just Another AIO Blog) list of the Top 100 AIO Episodes Of All Time.
Jason Whittaker: Look, Malachi—or whatever your real name is—I don't know who you're working for or what you're getting at, but I really dislike these psychological games. You hear me? So tell your boss to pack it in, alright? You stay away from me and my friends.
Malachi: You would be wise to let go of me.
Jason Whittaker: Ooh, big tough angel. Why? What'll happen if I don't?
Jason Whittaker: I was the fish that got thrown back...one minute we were standing on the dock, and the next minute I was splashing in the middle of Trickle Lake!
Malachi: Grace is never measured in excess, and strength always comes when you're at your weakest... not when you think you're at your weakest, but when you truly are. So be strong in the faith you have, and the rest will be added to you. It will be just enough.
Tom Riley: If God could part the Red Sea, couldn't he do the same with red tape?
John Whittaker: A dream? You mean we won't remember that you were here?
Malachi: You'll remember, but only as a vague idea, a premonition... a foreshadowing or a distant emotion. I am your "coincidences" and your "intuition." I am the one that you glimpse out of the corner of your eye and when you turn, nothing is there.