In life, sometimes the hardest part is learning where to stand. This can be especially hard for a single mom in the Faith. It can seem that on every topic surrounding your life there are conflicting opinions. The church says one thing and the world says another, and neither of them seems to be connected with you or what you really need. This can leave you feeling as if you are being pushed and pulled in many different directions, left uncovered to blow in the wind.
Since the beginning of time how a woman choses to cover herself has been the source of popular debate. And, yes, it is a woman’s choice as to how she covers herself or if she covers herself. The Creator granted us that choice. Like every choice, however, there are consequences associated with each one. But before we get too deep into that, let’s first discuss what I mean by Covering.
What is a Covering?
Defining a Covering according to Scripture, while not a very difficult task, can be a very time consuming one so I will save that for another day. The overview, however, is quite simple. Your C/covering, whether Heavenly or earthly, is the O/one you submit to, the O/one you count on for provision and protection, and the O/one who helps to teach you, molding you into all you are to become. This is also the O/one you turn to for comfort and companionship.
The common earthly manifestations of a covering are a father and a husband, though any male family member can stand in for them. Unfortunately, this is where many people stop looking in terms of a covering. This leaves many women feeling incomplete or as if they have been forced into a position and role that they are not specifically equipped for. Even those who have such earthly covering often find that those coverings cannot or will not fill all the roles the Scriptures ascribe to Coverings. The good news is these are not the only sources of coverings for women.
Living Covered by Yeshua
One of the most important things that the Scriptures teach us is that the only Source we truly have, and thus the only One truly capable of Covering us is יהוה. And, as with all earthly matters in this Age, He has chosen to do this through Yeshua. After generations of teachings that ascribe the duties of a Covering to men and that if a woman has no man she must then cover herself, it can be hard to wrap your head around the concept though.
I mean we say that Yah is our Source and we pray for many of the things that are ascribed to a Covering, but rarely do we actually operate as if we believe that He is Covering us in the here and now. Instead we tend to treat Him as if He is far away and removed from the ins and outs of our everyday life. In reality, this could not be farther from the truth. Having us, His daughters, completely submitted to Him as our Covering is actually closer to the relationship He craves with us then we know.
Beginning to function in this way can be a daunting task though, in some areas more than others. There are a few tips that can help you get over the hump to renewing your mind to this new way of thinking.
1. Make a list of all your expectations of a father or a husband. Be specific, more specific than you have ever allowed yourself to be before.
2. Treat God like a Husband. Take your relationship beyond formal prayers. Sit down at the table with Him and discuss your dreams, your fears, and even the bills. Seek Him out when you need a shoulder to cry on. Invite God into every nook and cranny of your day and in a very organic and free form way. Your relationship with Him will take a whole new life because of it!
3. Look to the Scriptures. This one may seem more daunting but I assure you it will not be if you take it in pieces over time. Simply look up one thing at a time as the Spirit moves you. Before you know it you will have studied the aspects of being Covered that affect you the most.
Still feel overwhelmed by thought of learning to live Covered by Yeshua? Fret not beloved! This is a topic we will be discussing quite often around here. Simply come back often and check the category “Covered by Yeshua” for more. Blessings!!!
Surrendered to HIM~