Bushy Run, a Place of Solitude

Bushy Run is a stream that flows through western Pennsylvania. It’s also the name of a historic site. A significant battle was fought here between the British and Native Americans led by Chief Pontiac. This picture displays the path that leads to the flour bag fort where much of the fighting took place in 1763.

Although the history is significant, for me the 213 acre park serves as place of solace and a place where I can comtemplate on our Creator. I have hiked off and on here for 50 years. The peace and serenity reminds me of a future day when everything in our world will be made right. “Behold the days are coming, says the Lord, That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A king shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.” (Jeremiah 23:5)

I have probably clocked 3,000 to 4,000 miles walking the trails and paths of Bushy Run over these many years. I have walked in solitude. I have walked with friends. I have hiked on a cold snowy winter’s day and in the cool of the day on a summer morning. Those hikes through the hills have been a constant reminder; “From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1)

Autumn as beautiful as it is, reminds us that winter is coming. The leaves die and the bleakness of winter landscapes slowly appears. That’s why I like the snow. It covers that bleakness with a blanket of purity. “Come let us reason together, says the Lord, Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow.” (Isaiah 1:18)

We all need a place of solitude, a place where we can be without distraction. Bushy Run has been one of those places for me. Its a place that brings me close to my Creator, where I am reminded of His faithfulness and His promise of everlasting life to those who have put their faith in Him. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved”. (John 3:17) “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (II Corinthians 9:15)


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