I’ve been using headcoverings in church and in prayer for a while now. People often ask me why I do it, and I have no special reason except that I feel called to. There was a lot of worry in the beginning as to what would happen when I started doing this. What sort of reaction would I get from other parishioners? The things I worried about never really seemed to happen, but a lot happened that I didn’t expect. The biggest of which is I did not expect people to find me beautiful when I was covering up my hair.
First and foremost are that I get comments that I am beautiful. I could do my hair for hours and perfect my makeup and get no acknowledgement, but if I throw a scarf over puffy hair and make no attempts to look beautiful — that’s when I get called beautiful.
Being called beautiful in this way is actually very humbling. Because it only happens when I’m wearing a headcovering, I know it’s not me that is beautiful. People may not be able to articulate it, but the beauty they see is not from me but, rather, from seeing the outward expression of devotion to God and obedience. Please note I said “outward expression” because I’m far from true obedience and devotion. But even just that outward expression — that glimmer and appearance — is something that people find beautiful.
No one would say, “I find obedience to God beautiful.” And, honestly, if I heard someone say that aloud in casual conversation, I might immediately judge that person to be in a less-than-canonical and probably-a-cult group, rather than mainstream Christianity. The words “obedience to God” rarely means what it says it means and, instead, means “obedience to what I say God says.”
But, lo and behold, actual obedience to the actual God based on scripture is something that we naturally find beautiful. Puffy eyes, no makeup, and pasty as a vampire — the beauty in obedience still shines.
Here’s a beautiful resource about headcovering: headcoveringmovement.com and I hope to post more here, too. If you’re interested in getting started, I like using light weight infinity scarves. Not only are they probably already in your wardrobe, but they can be used for other things, too. Here’s some examples: