I’ve been wearing head coverings in public for nearly half a year now and I wanted to share some thoughts about it and how it relates to my testimony.

Some of y’all know I’m am inerrantist. spooky word. any biblical scholar knows that this claim rises and falls with one’s hermeneutics. This can be complex, but I at least think if you affirm this about the Word of God you should at least be consistent with your application.
Last year, I moved 12 hours from home to texas, dealt with intense COVID loneliness and isolation, and went through an incredibly harrowing break up. I was to the point of devastation that I was suicidal. I was brought to my knees by anxiety and rejection and longed for death.
Y’all know the phrase “come to Jesus.” Well. Last year I came to Jesus in heavy tears. I thought I was doing enough for Him. After all, I circumvented my original opera performance grad school plans to go to seminary. Wasn’t dedicating my life to His church and ministry enough?
Hint: God cannot be won over by performative acts of piety.

He took everything that was an idol to me and stripped it away. My boyfriend. My friends. the praise of my professors that I had gotten accustomed to in undergrad.

Only He was left for me to worship. And I knew it.
Back to inerrancy and my convictions about scripture and its literal applications. Y’all know that passage about head coverings in 1 Corinthians that even complementarians ignore? The entire passage is centered around “submission” for women. And I needed to learn to submit.
I decided to start wearing head coverings as an outward symbol of full submission to God. Women in our culture don’t wear them, except religious women from other faiths. Wearing veils in Corinth was a distinctive sign of a religious woman; is it not the same today in America?
At first, it was awkward. I had to buy a bunch of scarves and headbands from Amazon. I fumbled the different ways to tie them. I had to remember to wake up a little earlier to make sure I could match them to my outfit and in order to not forget to put one on.
No, the head covering doesn’t “do” anything for me by itself. I’m a baptist so of course I’m all about “symbolism.” But it’s a spiritual discipline & outward sign. It’s a daily reminder that I can’t ignore of why I’m here. And for whom I’m working for. And that it’s not about me.
Through the work of the Holy Spirit, it has helped me learn to rend my heart to God in full submission to Him. After committing to this discipline daily, I have noticed my commitment to other disciplines (prayer, fasting, meditation) has increased as well.
in the exact time frame since I started, my tendencies towards a few habitual sins that have plagued me since I was a teenager have completely left. I don’t even feel the temptations; there is no desire in my heart anymore. Praise God, He truly sanctifies!!
In summary, I view this practice as a neat way that I can see how works/grace work (ha) together for me. I aimed to be more obedient to scripture and receptive to God’s will through this practice, and in turn He has also comforted me and draws me nearer to Him every single day.
I’m nowhere near perfect. I’m totally depraved, after all. ;) I still have so much more to learn. But maybe listen for the strange ways that God speaks to your heart...you may find yourself doing silly things, like wearing head coverings!

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