«For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come» (l Thessalonians 1:9, 10).
THE PURPOSE OF LIFE is to serve God and to await the return of Christ. The apostle places a constant emphasis on the great second advent of our Lord. The wait is not idle. It is a wait combined with action. Therefore, the apostle presents Christ as the Son of God, and His resurrection is proof of this.
Aldo tells that the icy wind hit his face. On February 8, 2005, he was left alone in Plaza de Mulas, the Base Camp of Aconcagua, the highest mountain in America. His expedition partner had to return home due to a knee injury. In those moments, an old recipe came to his mind that he used since he was twelve years old, super successful, and which always helped him: pray for God’s help.
In his backpack was the section of the Bible with the Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes. Sitting on the rock, he began to read, renewing his strength to resume the expedition: «Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God» (Psalm 42:11).
Those around him were strangers. Nobody goes up with strangers. Three climbers decided to stick together and help each other. Aldo went up alone. This was very dangerous, not only because of accidents, but for his health. Both brain and lung edema can lead to death if not treated immediately. Finally, Aldo reached the summit. There were no more rocks and the ground was flat! Someone hugged him and said, «You made it! And you made it on your own!»
Aldo used to tell that he climbed the Aconcagua alone, but that, in reality, he is certain that he was not alone. He knows that God accompanied him every step of the way, took care of him along the way, and guided him to the summit and brought him healthy back home.
We, too, are climbing the last stretches of this world’s rugged history. We have to summit Mount Zion. We are not alone. We cannot stay at the base of the camp. We have to invite others and go together, we await His coming, and we march steadily forward.
“Never can His gift be surpassed…
Calvary represents His crowning work”(Our High Calling, p. 13).
At the summit of Calvary, He did His crowning work, so that we may soon be able to summit His kingdom forever.