This is a companion post to my most recent article, Why is headcovering so hard?
Carpenters have various tools for making sure that what they are building turns out straight. One of those is the plumb line, connected at the end to the plumb bob. When this is hung next to a wall, the weight of the plumb bob pulls the string taught, and reveals whether the wall is straight, or not.
Well, to me, headcovering is like a plumb line. It is a tool in the hands of God which reveals whether my attitudes align with His will, or not. That’s why headcovering is so hard. It’s seeing how I really am, compared to how I should be, and the ensuing process of straightening.
One person said in a comment on another blog, that headcovering is actually very simple to understand: the cloth lies over the woman’s head, while she is underneath it, showing that she is UNDER authority. So plain. So easy to understand. That’s why only the headcovering works as a symbol of submission to authority, and no other (not the wedding ring, nor taking the husband’s name, nor modest feminine dress, etc.): the headcovering is the only symbol that literally covers the top of a woman’s head, placing her under it.
So, I think that headcovering is hardest for me when I realize that I am not acting congruently with what it represents. I am not acting as if I am UNDER authority, but instead acting independent of that authority, and maybe even rebelling against it. And, maybe that’s what makes headcovering hardest for many to accept. The meaning is easy to get–submitting to what it obviously means, isn’t.