About 6 weeks ago in a private prayer time, Holy Spirit nudged me to cover my head.
I take being a servant of Christ Jesus seriously and have learned that He knows what He’s talking about, so I did it. Immediately, I felt my connection to God grow stronger.
I described it to Jeremy as being like a tea kettle with a lid on- quicker to boil and with redirected steam. That analogy may not make sense to some of you, but if you’ve felt it, I think you’ll know what I mean.
I started wearing a hat every time I prayed and prophesied, and for worship at church where I often pray and prophesy. I found myself hearing the Lord better, and speaking and singing more confidently what He put on my heart.
Now, I am a very intuitive, feelings-driven person, but I am also very logical. If you Myers-Briggs, I’m an INFJ. I was happy with the “results” of my head covering experiment, but I wanted to know WHY. While Google led me to many reasons women of other faiths and spiritualities cover their heads, some of the Christian sources were old dudes insisting on women accepting their inferiority and donning a head covering. That almost made me want to quit, because I am NOT about that! I believe that a real look at God’s creation of and interaction with women shows how incredibly valuable we are to Him. God is very pro-woman 🙂
I’m not going to go into it too deeply here because I am a working mother of 4+ with limited free time, and other people explain it better anyway, but through a couple word studies and tons of Biblical research I found good answers. Many of you are probably familiar with Paul’s teaching in 1 Cor. 11, but that’s only part of it! Made short, it’s about my identity in Christ. It’s a spiritual sign of the authority I have as a daughter of the King, and how to use the power I have been given. It’s about committing myself to walk in His ways.Keep His commandments. He built me to pray and prophesy and I do so in His name. It is more than a symbol, just as baptism is more than a symbol.
Something supernatural is happening when I cover my head.
“That’s all well and good for prayer and worship,” you might say, “but why do it all the time?” I have three pretty simple reasons for that. First is that I pray all the time. I didn’t realize how constantly I pray until I decided to cover my head, honestly. I kept catching myself praying and then stopping to grab a hat or scarf. I know I didn’t have to stop, but as I’ve said, it truly does make my prayers more effective.
The second is that I am more sensitive to the promptings of Holy Spirit with my head covered. I just am. I notice more what He is doing in a situation and respond more quickly. My spiritual senses are more focused. I don’t know exactly why, although I do have theories (I may write more on that in the future). I feel closer to God with my head covered, and I want to be close to Him all the time.
Third, and this goes hand in hand with why I switched from an inconspicuous beanie to a more obviously religious covering, it is a constant reminder that I am acting as a representative of the Kingdom of God. Whether your head is covered or not, if you are a follower of Christ, then you are an ambassador of His Kingdom. To your co-workers, to your family and friends, and if you are a parent, to your children. This has been helping me keep that in mind, making me think twice about my words, my tone, and my actions.
You might notice I left out modesty. That’s because I don’t see this as a modesty thing. It may have been at one point in history, but now there are many wonderful and modest women who keep their hair down and uncovered.
This is not a hard and fast rule. I may not keep to it 100% of the time, and I’m definitely not saying every woman should go cover their heads right now. I believe in seeking God wholeheartedly, and this is what He has led me to. It’s funny how controversial this is, especially since it’s a personal wardrobe choice. I’ll get the common questions out of the way now by saying
NO, I’m not oppressed, YES, I believe in equality for men and women,
NO, my husband isn’t making me do this, YES, he is supportive of my choice.
If you have more questions, I would love to discuss it!