"The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" just took on a new meaning with me. For the last few weeks, I have not been at my 100% best. And everything that I've wanted to do or needed to do, I have not had the energy to do. And, for me, that has been frustrating. But, I had to take a moment and think about what kind of lesson I could be learning in this and that's when this phrase popped in my head.
Now, I know that this phrase comes from the Bible when Jesus was speaking to his disciples in the Garden about keeping watch while he prayed. But, aren't we supposed to make the Bible personal and relevant to us? To me, this simple thought reflects the idea that our human bodies are frail and sometimes we may have the best intentions, but we fall short.
And, I don't know, somehow that was comforting to me. Not that it was encouraging me to be a failure, but that it was letting me know that it would be okay. You see, I often try to reach "perfection" and it troubles me when my body fails me and I'm unable to do so. This phrase comforts me and lets me know that sometimes I will get weak, sometimes I may be frail, but I can keep striving and reaching. After all, I must be thankful that, for me, it is only temporary. If I'm not at 100%, I'm usually not that far from it. Some persons do not have that luxury. Some are frail in their body on a daily basis.
So, of course, that leads me to thanking God for what I do have and being content in where I am. This was just another life lesson for me.