The day before Jesus' crucifixion, after the Last Supper, Jesus and His disciples left the upper room. They sang hymns from Psalms as they strolled to the Mount of Olives. (Mark 14:26-31) - After reading this The Holy Spirit opened my heart to a new thought... Jesus led His disciples to the very place He would lay His life down for them the very next day.

I can almost see this scene... Jesus looks deep into His friends eyes and says, "All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night." Then He quotes Zechariah 13:7. With Peter leading the pack they all cry out, "No, we will never leave you. We love you!" A few hours go by and Jesus is arrested. Reading Mark 14:50 literally sent chills up my spine, "Then they all forsook Him and fled."


After this quiet time with the Lord, tears gently fell and my heart sunk to the floor. I cried out for Jesus to forgive me all the times I fled Him in my own life. The times I ran from difficult Christ-centered conversations or situations. Times I sought after what pleases me rather than Him. And the times of fleeing out of fear. Even now tears well up as I praise Him for His grace, mercy, and love. A tender lesson forever remembered!

From My Heart to Yours,

Carla McDougal