Blinders are small squares of firm leather that attach to the bridle at the side of the horse’s head. Some say that blinders were invented when a preacher bet that his horse could walk up the stairs in his home. The horse did with no problem. But, when he tried to coax the horse down again, it wouldn’t budge! So, the preacher covered the horses head and led him down. He realized that covering all or part of the horse’s vision could encourage the horse to take chances it wouldn’t normally take.
Because horses’ eyes are at the sides of their heads, they can end up running off course unless they are made to remain focused. Blinders keep the horse’s eye focused on what is ahead, rather than what is at the side or behind. During a race if a horse decides to take a different route the jockey is in trouble, so distracted race horses are fitted with blinders.
While jockeying through life wouldn’t it be great to have spiritual blinders? They would block out what frightens us causing us to shy away from living for Christ and would help us stay focused on His path for us.
Jesus experienced assaults from the shadows. The Pharisees opposed Him, the crowd misunderstood Him, and even His disciples rebuked Him. He often retreated to spend time with His Father. Through prayer, Jesus could block out the words and deeds of those who would divert Him from His course and refocus on His Father's will for Him. Jesus was putting on His spiritual blinders.
Spiritual blinders, time with Him, enable us to, “… fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18