The Stone That Exceeded Great

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“When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the Mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, ‘Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?’ But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been moved away.”

Mark 16:1–4

I read this passage in a devotional about five years ago. At the time, I faced a situation that I could not rectify, redeem, or change on my own. The last verse has stayed with me since that time: “…the stone, which was very large, had been moved away.” Some versions say that the stone was “exceeding great.” That phrase makes me feel the unbearable burden of encountering the stone that was infinitely beyond their strength to move.

In the years that followed, the Lord brought that verse to mind when I prayed about anything that was undoubtedly beyond my ability to change, control, make happen, or influence. He reminded me of the verse this evening. I want to share what He said, which I wrote as a letter from Him to me:


Trust me. Trust me to move on your behalf. Have I not done so in the past when you committed your ways to me? Your fears make sense for this context, just like it made sense that Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James were anxious about the stone that awaited them. It really was impossible for them to move it. But, they made the journey to my tomb anyway because they loved me.

On the way, they believed two things would greet them: a stone so great that they could not move it and my dead body. But two miracles they did not expect were complete before they arrived: I had risen from the dead, and the stone was moved.

So, be encouraged, Rachel. My angel armies and I go before you. We have miracles planned far in advance that you cannot imagine that will make you wonder why you were ever worried, anxious, and concerned in the first place. But, you must trust me. Trust me. Trust me… trust me. Trust that I will arrive to the point in time that worries you before you arrive there, and that a resolution will already be in place when you get there. I am working for your good because I love you. Do not fear the future. It is glorious, and I am there.

I love you—



1 Comment

  1. Hallelujah!

    Last night as soon as I got home around midnight before I went to bed while I was enthusiastically reading your devotional (you know that I wait eagerly and patiently for it), that was what came to my mind. It was in my devotional reading that morning (Revelation 19:1). As I finished reading your devotional, I said, “Hallelujah!” repeatedly and loudly, realizing that I have received similar letter from the Lord in the past and again very recently. The wording might be different but the content is the same—“Trust me,” “Have faith in me”.

    In fact I was so consumed by this letter—“Have faith in me,” I preached to myself many, many times (believe me I did preach to you as well—how? I will explain to you soon) and the Holy Spirit compelled me to preach to others, which I did to one congregation just two weeks ago. The response was astounding, and I am encouraged and felt more certain about the letter from the Lord:

    “I am working for your good because I love you. Do not fear the future. It is glorious, and I am there.” Indeed, He is faithful.



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