One of the linemen on the Carolina Panthers who are headed to the Super Bowl this year, is a player by the name of Michael Oher who plays left tackle. A movie was actually made that focused on Michael Oher called the Blind Side. One reason the movie was called the Blind Side was because left tackles often have the biggest role in fending off defensive rushers from attacking the quarterback’s left side, which due to the way a right handed quarterback sets up to pass, is usually his blindside. When the left tackle does his job really well, the best thing a quarterback can do is to trust his blockers and focus on finding receivers. If he doesn’t trust his left side pass protection, he will keep looking back over his shoulder for fear that defensive rushers are attacking from behind. Of course a quarterback will lose focus on finding open receivers and find it much more difficult to pass effectively under these conditions.
Looking Over Your Shoulder for Bad Circumstances
Quarterbacks can’t see every possible assault that may be coming their way, and within the context of life, we can’t either. We all have a blind side. There are somethings that we can see coming, but we can’t see every possible circumstance that could go wrong and work against us. When we start looking over our shoulder because we are preoccupied with things that could possibly go wrong, we are demonstrating worry. Worry tends to keep us from doing what we have control over in order to avoid things that we have little or no control over.
Worry can keep us from taking a job, or participating in a ministry for fear of things that may go wrong when we do. Worry can keep us from looking for receivers of our acts of service and love for fear over how they might respond to us. Jesus tells us don’t worry. He wants us to stop looking over our shoulder for trouble because he will take care of us, even if trouble does happen to come.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:26, “Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap, or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Jesus doesn’t want us to worry about all the storms of life that may assail us, but to trust in him. We may feel like problems can sneak up on us from our blind side, but Jesus assures us that he has us covered, and he will see us through if we trust in him.