“If you don’t believe in the devil,” said Horace Burgess, “you can look at that rock right there and tell that he’s much alive.”
Horace is the builder of the Minister’s Tree House — largest in the world — and the rock that he mentioned hangs in the choir loft of the tree house chapel.
“I was putting all these rocks in a path,” said Horace, a landscaper, “and there was only one left on my trailer, and I was just praying that I wouldn’t die ’cause I’d worked so hard that day. And the spirit of God said, ‘You’ve always wondered how it looked when I created the world? There’s a picture of Me in that rock behind you.'”
Horace saved the flattened rock and framed it with a wagon wheel and some deerskin. “There’s not even a line out of place,” he said. “You can see His eyelids, and His nose, and His lips, and His chin, and then His robe just flows around it all. He’s got the world in His hands, all the way down to His thumbnails; see ’em right here? And the world’s all spinning and He’s putting all the precious stuff in the middle, the oil and stuff.”
Visitors may have to take Horace at his word. The image in the rock is obscured by graffiti and paint, vandalized by those who’ve been tricked by the devil, according to Horace. “But they can’t destroy it,” he said. “All I have to do is sandblast it. It’s got the pattern right through the rock.”
I have been there several times. There is a rope swing and several balconies. At the top is what they call the buzzards roost. You can look down from it in the summer months and see Jesus written on the ground with different colored irises. They allow overnight camping in the tree house. There is a basketball hoop inside on the church floor. There is a fire pit and grills and tables and benches outside and furniture on all floors in different rooms. Many people have birthday parties and just cook-outs and spend all day there. There is electricity inside in places with extension cords run in several rooms. I don’t know where the electricity actually comes from though.
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