We live in Cincinnati proper. I’ve been in the same neighborhood for the majority of my life. It’s a nice part of town, for the most part, as long you don’t do stupid things. One joke though is how long it takes the CPD to arrive when you call them. If you call for something serious they’re right there. However, if you call because of disturbances, or car break-ins, or noise complaints, you might not see anyone for a while. It’s really become a pretty common thing to hear people say don’t even bother calling CPD cause you won’t see them until sometime next week, if you ever see them at all.
Now I understand they’re overworked, understaffed, and deal with issues based on severity and urgency of needs. So I’m not knocking the police, just explaining that we’ve learned from experience that if something crazy hasn’t happened you’re probably not going to get help.
In the text this week we see Jonah learn that lesson. He learned that the idols he had in his heart weren’t caring for him. He learned the idols he had placed over God were not delivering him. He realized idols never save. And so he turned to God.
Do you keep going back to something that won’t ever really care for you? Do you allow your heart to wander to things that truly won’t save you? Are you led by something that doesn’t care about you in your destination? Help never comes from idols, but God cares for his own.
Are you follow the God who will care for you?