Veiled

I love the idea of a veil. At this point in history, veils are considered old fashioned or restrictive but it really means so much more.
Veils are used to cover the face. They can conceal or be seen as a mask. A couple of my favorite synonyms from dictionary.com are invisible and a veiled threat. So basically veils either make the wearer unimportant or a major problem. We realize that culturally veils are used in weddings and symbolically represent the virginity and purity of the bride for her groom. The groom’s lifting of the veil is part of the consummation of the marriage.
I say all of that to say this blog isn’t about physical veils. It is about feeling spiritually veiled. This feeling and word came to me a lot when I would ask God why I was still single. What could possibly be His purpose is isolating me from men? I literally felt invisible to guys; no one expressed interest, or even looked my way twice. I doubted my attractiveness and if God meant the promise of a family and legacy He gave me at a very young age. I had to go to the Bible to figure out why I felt a veil over me.
What I found out is that in the Bible things are a little different. Only something of great power was veiled and it was to protect those on the outside from the power beneath the veil. The best example of this is in Exodus & Leviticus when we talk about the tabernacle. I know those may not be the most popular books of the Bible but I’ve always loved the description of the tabernacle especially when talking about the Holy of Holies. The Holy of Holies was the innermost part of the tabernacle where the presence of God resided. It was surrounded by guess what….a veil! The veil protected those who weren’t prepared properly from the awe-inspiring power of God. (Leviticus 16:2,15)
Moses also had to veil himself from the people of Israel after speaking with God on Mount Sinai (Exodus 34:33-34). Moses carried the presence of God on him, so much so that he glowed, and it scared the Israelites.
The greatest instance of being ‘covered’  or ‘veiled’ for me comes from God speaking to Ezekiel about the children of Israel. They weren’t following the law anymore but God still wanted a covenant with them. In Ezekiel 16:8 it says “Then I passed by you and saw you, and behold, you were at the time for love; so I spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness I also swore to you and entered into a covenant with you so that you became Mine,” declares the Lord GOD.

When we realize what it means to be veiled it doesn’t become some kind of weird punishment anymore. I’m not property but  powerful!! And I have felt veiled by God for a while now, knowing that He is preparing the world around me for the greatness inside me–or even preparing me for the path ahead. I’m no longer afraid of those seemingly silent times when it feels like nothing is happening. That’s when you are learning the most and being prepared to be unveiled.

 

 

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