I have recently been studying a certain portion of scripture lately that has been on my heart for a time. 1 Corinthians 11 as many of you know is about whether or not a lady is to wear a covering over her head. Specifically it refers to wearing a covering as an outward sign of submitting to the headship of the Christian faith.
But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
1 Cor 11:3 (KJV)
I am to submit to my husband, he in turn is to submit to Christ as Christ was submitting to God to put it plainly. This does not mean I am to follow my husbands wishes if it violates God’s laws (that is a whole nother post), but instead means I am to respect and honor my husband as the head of our family.
But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. 6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.
1 Cor 11:5-6 (KJV)
Some women choose to cover only in church, others cover constantly (I am not talking about covering for modesty although that is another reason, and I am behind that idea also). The fact that many times I say prayers quietly to myself nearly all the time (I need lots of the Lord’s help) leads me to be one of the latter ladies. I do not feel my husband is led to wish me to cover 24/7 however. I had actually been feeling led to cover for quite some time now and occasionally would at home to kind of feel it out you might say. I began reading about the topic and studying it more but not really discussing it with my husband until I felt led. Well God is wonderous, as I was fiddling around with how to wear a particular cover one day my husband said how nice it looked, and I asked him if he really thought that. He said yes and I briefly explained about my studies and he stated that he felt I should cover as I wished but that he did like it. I praise God for that, I feel if I want something but wait on God to point my husband toward it also (and not me pestering him about it) then it is truly not my will but the Lord’s.
Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? 14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? 15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. 16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
1 Cor 11:13-16 (KJV)
As for a woman being shorn and shamed, there was no law for this and Jesus never addressed it, so it really mustn’t be a huge deal. The Church of Corinth needed to decide for themselves whether a woman should cover and when. It is so today, covering is a very personal choice and neither right or wrong from woman to woman to either cover or not cover so long as she is fully recognizing the headship and fulfilling God’s will through her husband.
I have fashioned a covering for this post out of a pretty piece of cotton fabric 15” X 36” and just single tied it over a ponytail at my nape. I do have to say that other than a stiff neck from holding my head funny because I was afraid it might slip (why was I doing this??? I was unconscious I was even doing it until my neck started to bother me) it was very comfy and it did not slip at all (well till a certain 2 year old wanted to rub it at bedtime).
I am growing out my hair and once it is past the funky not-quite-long-enough-to-pull-up stage I hope to be able to better fashion it. I am not convicted of hiding all my hair under a veiling as of yet, since the scriptures speak of covering the head and not the hair so much. I hope to get a few more coverings to wear and will take pictures as I am able.
So do you cover? I would really like to hear of how God convicted you to begin covering. If you are convicted to not cover I would enjoy hearing your stories also.