For most of my life, I never gave head covering a second thought. I believed it was antiquated, and not at all applicable to today.
A few years ago I began to study head covering more thoroughly. At that time, I started to feel like it might be a good idea to wear head coverings (in the form of a wide headband or hat) during public worship. After all, I wanted my glory, or hair, to be hidden in the place where all glory should go to God.
This probably sounds really silly, but once we moved a few months ago I felt almost like a spiritual battle had begun around me. We were in God’s will. I was sure of it. And yet I felt really unsettled. During this time I began searching for answers as to how I could walk more closely with God. I wanted this unsettled feeling to go away.
Let me stop for a moment to say that I don’t usually talk much about the spiritual battles that surround us on a daily basis. But we must remember that these battles are indeed very real. Praise God that we are more than conquerors through Jesus!
I began staying in the Word and praying almost constantly. As strange as it may seem, the Lord lead me to study the similarities between His covering, or protection, and the symbol of head covering. I read testimonies of women who overcame spiritual battles, and even nightmares, once they began to wear a head covering.
I found this article very interesting. In it, the author writes:
“So that Shabbat, I looked up the meaning of that word “covering” from Isaiah and was surprised by the discoveries that ensued. The word “covering” in Isaiah 4:5 is the Hebrew word “chuppah” (pronounced “huppah” with a throat-clearing “kh” at the beginning). A chuppah is a cozy booth-like canopy that has enfolded many Hebrew weddings for century after century. The Bible mentions a bridegroom coming forth from his chuppah in Joel 2:16 and Psalm 19:6. But let’s go back to the verse in Isaiah where “covering” was translated from chuppah. The meaning of this word is incredible. Chuppah means: “divine protection.”
How does this apply to head covering?
“It seems at first glance that the chuppah word is left out of this picture. However, upon a deeper look at a comparison of the Hebrew words with the Greek (www.studybible.info/strongs) we find that “katacalupto” in Greek (G2619) corresponds to… would you believe it? “chuppah” in Hebrew (H2654)! This implies that, based on the meaning of the word, the headcovering is literally given for divine protection! How exciting!”
Over the past month or two, I have been wearing a head covering much more often. I don’t understand why a simple piece of cloth could remotely hold even a bit of God’s power and protection, but I do know that my understanding (or lack thereof) is not what dictates how the Lord fulfills His purposes.
I’ve also read testimonies of women being sparred from sexual assault by dressing modestly and/or wearing a head covering. These stories are very interesting, indeed. I’d love to encourage you to do some research on your own!
I hope to share more about head covering and Modesty from time to time. There is so much to learn about this topic!