COMPELLED TO CLIMB

COMPELLED TO CLIMB
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

But there are men for whom the unattainable has a special attraction. Usually they are not experts: their ambitions and fantasies are strong enough to brush aside the doubts which cautious men might have. Determination and faith are their strongest weapons. At best such men are regarded as eccentric ...
Everest has attracted its share of men like these. Their mountaineering experience varied from none at all to very slight, certainly none of them had the kind of experience which would make an ascent of Everest a reasonable goal. Three things they all had in common: faith in themselves, great determination, and endurance.
Walt Unsworth
Everest

I grew up with an ambition and determination without which I would have been perhaps a good deal happier. I thought a lot and developed the far-away look of a dreamer, for it was always the distant heights which fascinated me and drew me to them in spirit. I was not sure what could be accomplished by means of tenacity and little else, but the target was set high and each rebuff only saw me more determined to see at least one major dream through to its fulfillment.
Earl Denman
Alone to Everest
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A walk with God is a journey on Everest:
A call within the soul so intense and deep that desire of it only intensifies with time.
But we are all so different and we go about it so differently.
Some of us are comfortable viewing and admiring it from a distance without risk factors involved. Some of us settle for other men's experiences and find themselves pacified by short glimpses of an awe-inspiring God.
"And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightenings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, 'Speak thou with us and we will hear; but let not God speak with us lest we die.'
Exodus 20:18-19

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 And others of us are compelled to climb our own "Everest" with God in order to experience Him more fully.
 The unrelenting yearning and burning of the bush aflame in the soul cannot be quenched but by God's presence alone.
More of Him,
The aching soul cries out ...
More of Him.
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It's a small wonder to me that I am called an Enigma by many.
 An enigma is defined:
A person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand.
Yes indeed.
Engineered by a hand that masterfully made me, I am internally and eternally composed with a mindset based on a letter (God's word) laid before me compelling me and urging me to greater heights, sights, and intimacy, and I want this desperately and with a fervency difficult to articulate.
The settling of other men's dreams and the settling "for" other men's dreams holds little appeal to me by day's end.
There is a different voice I am after.
Fellow sojourners make discovery of one another and intersect one another at beginning points like "base camps" at 19,500 feet and, together, talk about the journey yet ahead with a different kind of blood running through their veins ...
And an isolated passion of the soul that is individual and yet known and internally understood is shared.
It is the ultimate "Tie that Binds."
Together, we speak about the 29,029 foot majesty of the Everest and decidedly take another step forward.
More of Christ.
The voice whispers and we move on hearing the echo of Him in the far-reaches of the soul:
Invigorating,
Captivating,
Enticing.
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Don't settle for less if you sense Christ calling you to more.
Put on your crampons (a metal plate with spikes fixed to boots for walking on ice or rock climbing,) open up God's word, and follow Him.
Begin your "Everest."
  God the Father;
The great Enigma,
The beautiful Mystery.
And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.
Exodus 20:21