Many of you know I am been reading, researching and seeking about head covering and God’s Perfect will not for His Creation as a whole but for myself in particular. I am no scholar out to define God’s word for the greater community; I have enough trouble explain how wind works to a 5 year old.
I am not qualified to make Biblical interpretations; I do not pretend to be. This Blog contains only my contemplations and my comments on the reading I am doing; my impressions. This is an on-going conversation and “thought process” for me I invite you to see the first three posts:
I continue on that path, but I am finding myself more and more drawn to head covering in relation to modesty and an entire life approach vs. simply covering the head for service or pray; more drawn to the consideration of modesty in life rather than a particle practice for pray.
I have been lax in my study and pray regarding this and need to get back to it, the pull on my heart remains. The more I read, the more I pray and the more I study the more I find – modesty and head covering all around me. Makes me wonder how I have missed it all about me before. (now really I have read enough of John Holt to recognize this phenomena for what it is).
It seems to me that an important element of modesty (and head covering), maybe the most important, is the denial of self and focus on God and on the good (the fruit) not the look, not the appearance. And more so, maybe, the danger of ‘getting by on your looks’ in effect the danger of relying on self and not God and of looking at the tree and not the fruit. Denial of the self and looking to God. “Don’t look at me, look at what I do in service to Him that made me”.
“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him”. Colossians 3:17
Ezekiel 16:15-16″But you trusted in your beauty and used your fame to become a prostitute. You lavished your favors on anyone who passed by and your beauty became his. You took some of your garments to make gaudy high places, where you carried on your prostitution. Such things should not happen, nor should they ever occur.”
Many look good, and in this current culture looking good is a billion dollar market, but is there substance under that look? One has to ask if someone is trying so hard to look good to take care of the outside, to present a pretty face or sexy body; how much time, effort and focuses is being placed on the more important aspects of life; faith, God, good works even parenting and home or education? I am not talking about being clean, looking professional when needed or nice or ‘put together’; but there is a point when the effort and time put into looking good, or the style of look is obviously detrimental to other aspects of one’s life.
1 Timothy 2:9-10 “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety: not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array: But with good works”.
Of dressing modestly (and potentially covering one’s hair) — serve as a powerful medium to raise our consciousness and maintain our awareness that we must be inner directed. Our lives must be directed towards God and the realities of life not towards the current fashion trend. A dear friend commented on her head covering, that during a traumatic and challenging time in her life emotionally her head cover reminder her continually of God’s presence and His reality for her. This moment to moment reminder of God’s presence in our lives is the truest beauty of any active and conscious choice to dress modestly and / or cover your head.
The internal world is the world of the spirit; our souls the location of God in our lives. Its voice is quieter and its demands on the human being more subtle and sadly easy to drowned out by the loud clang of external pressures. But to ignore the needs of the soul is to ultimately deny one’s raison d’etre http://www.thefreedictionary.com/raison+d’etre — the reason for being on this earth. A choice to listen to the internal to the exclusion of the external is to choose to step away from the world and the worldly view of beauty to focus on God and allow Him a place in our every day lives.
Practically speaking, this means that our behavior in speech, dress, and in the way we carry ourselves should continually remind ourselves, and convey the message to others that I am valuable and I have purpose. I do not live by the standards of the world, but by the standards of God, accountable only to Him.
I see choosing to cover (head) as one aspect of modest dress, as a personal statement, as a personal reminder. I feel that for a woman to cover her hair, her ‘crowning beauty,’ is to be constantly reminded to focus on the inner beauty and God and what He would have her do, not what the world would.