On top of the world
Breathless and struggling for balance, the mountaineer plunges his pickaxe into the jagged ice. 21 feet. Every muscle screaming for relief, every breath more painful than the last—he relentlessly pushes himself onward. 16 feet. Turning back is unthinkable. Continuing is impossible. 10 feet. The atmosphere has dulled his senses. The wind has eroded his strength. 2 feet. By sheer willpower he thrusts his exhausted body onto the summit. At last, he stands. Gazing at the majestic Himalayas, he is flooded with joy and victory. The battle against nature's purest and most savage of forces has been won. The man is Edmund Hillary. The mountain, Everest. 

 For the first time since man has roamed the earth, he has reached its highest peak.  Yet, reflecting upon the incident, Edmund Hillary realized something: "When George exuberantly gave the thumbs up signal of success they rushed towards us and soon we were embracing them all.... It was a touching and unforgettable moment; and yet somehow a sad one too" Ten years later, concerning his own ascent of Everest, the acclaimed mountaineer Thomas Hornbein contemplates: "There was loneliness, too, as the sun set. But at times I wondered if I had not come a long way only to find out that what I really sought was something I had left behind" . Conquering the world's highest peak, the apex of all human accomplishment—yet perhaps the answers lie in something, somewhere, left behind.  There is no complete satisfaction in worldly accomplishments, office, wealth, learning or even in sinful indulgences. The hymn learning from experience wrote-

 "Now none but Christ can satisfy,
None other name for me;
There's love and life and lasting joy,
Lord Jesus, found in Thee".
 Speaking unto the woman at the well the Lord said in John 4:14  "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst". In Christ alone is there pardon, peace and everlasting joy. He alone is able to satisfy.

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