POSTED: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 4:02pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 6:51pm
The image of Elvis, appearing in someone's pancakes. Jesus in a grilled cheese sandwich. Now an Oklahoma man says he found something special on Christmas while he was cutting some wood.
Mark Bishop has been trimming trees for about 25 years now. Over the years he's come across a lot of images in the branches.
Mark says "over the years I guess it's kept me from losing interest."
He used to just admire them and then throw them out but now he's started keeping them.
Mark says "to me this is a little blue bird with a beak and the tail feathers."
He's found ducks, and even the moon, he wears a few of his favorites around his neck.
Mark says "what I do is after I make a cut I pick up a piece to look at the end there's not always a picture but to me that makes it more miraculous."
But it was Christmas Day mark found an image he'll never forget.
Mark says "I see the body coming down and the arms perhaps coming out and the face with this being the glow or the aura around it."
He was stacking wood when this piece caught his eye.
Mark says "when I picked it up I was about to throw it away and I thought, it looks like an angel."
Turns out this angel was exactly what mark needed that day.
Mark says "this was the first Christmas I didn't get to spend with my daughter and I was pretty depressed."
He says it's brought him peace amidst the chaos of life.
Mark says "to me to have any picture in it at all speaks to the beauty of God that we never see and it was hidden in a tree on top of all that.
He's shown the angel to several people. One lady thought it looked like the second coming of Christ. Mark says he doesn't find an image in every tree in fact he says it's rarely the case. For him that's part of what makes it so special.