I Know It But I Can't Explain It
"But he, willing to justify himself, said to Jesus, 'And who is my neighbor?'"1
Oldies but goodies: "The pedestrian had no idea which way to go, so I ran over him." That, says the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, is among a list of explanations the company has received for automobile accidents.
Others include: "The other car collided with mine without warning me of its intention."
"I had been driving my car for 40 years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had the accident."
"As I reached an intersection, a hedge sprang up, obscuring my vision."
"I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law, and headed over the embankment."
"The telephone pole was approaching fast. I attempted to swerve out of its path when it struck my front end."
"The guy was all over the road. He had to swerve a number of times before I hit him."
"The indirect cause of this accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth."
But Metropolitan says the strangest reason of all is, "An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car, and vanished."
I guess, like the lawyer who questioned Jesus, it's a human trait that too many of us want to justify ourselves whenever we do wrong or fail to do what we know we should.
However, it's only when we get real and admit our mistakes that we can learn from them, grow, and find forgiveness—from God and others. As Solomon put it, "A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance."2
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be mature and honest enough to admit when I make a mistake, quit playing the blame-game, and accept full responsibility for all of my actions. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. Luke 10:29.
2. Proverbs 28:13 (TLB)(NLT).