Not My Fault! by Jo Russell

Bob came rushing into the Sunday class meeting a few minutes late and every pair of eyes turned to look. The senior was breathless!  His wife followed Bob in. Jill calmly surveyed the room to find a pair of chairs for them side by side.

“Couldn’t find a parking place! Had to park across the street!”  Bob explained. “Traffic was terrible!”

What traffic? On Sundays, even the main street is usually safe for turtles to cross, Richard remembered. Wonder if anyone else thinks so.  He looked around and saw a couple of puzzled expressions.

“We were lucky to get here alive!” Bob added.

With that comment, his wife, Jill, nodded with a knowing expression.

“Bob, what happened?” a friend asked him.

“Someone cut me off at the pass! Whew! That was a close one! I’ve been in 38 car wrecks, but only seven were my fault!”


God always tells the truth. His insight sorts out all sides of a story: prologue, story and epilogue. He is the righteous judge. God knows the ending before any of us do.

In Bob’s eyes, he himself was telling the truth. But a highway patrolman writing up an accident report would have had a different take on the event. Was Bob to blame only for the accidents that resulted in damage and a ticket?  What could Bob do to avoid another accident and possibly injuring his wife?  Letting Jill drive more often? New glasses? Traffic school?



David wrote these verses to highlight the importance of seeking God’s truth and guidance.

“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior.” [Psalm 25:4-5].


David continues by asking for God’s love: “Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord.” [Psalm 25:7]


Seeking God and his truth first. How does that affect our words and our truth?

It may just stop accident number thirty-nine from ever happening.


[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from, her speaking engagements and website, She lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular weekly humorous blog.]