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Communication Cage (2 of 3)
Series: Shark Weakness: A Marriage Survival Guide
Pastor Kerry Shook
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"Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church-a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ's love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They're really doing themselves a favor-since they're already 'one' in marriage."
Ephesians 5:25-28 (MSG)
"I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys." Song of Solomon 2:1 (NIV)
"How beautiful you are; my beloved, how beautiful! Your eyes behind your veil are like doves. Your hair is like a flock of goats ... your teeth are as white as sheep ... not one of them is missing. Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon; your mouth is lovely." Song of Solomon 4:1-3 (NIV/NLT)
My family is addicted to the Discovery Channel every year during Shark Week, and as I've been watching the Shark Week specials, I've noticed they always have these shark experts on. And I heard one of these experts, I think he was a marine biologist, say something that sent chills down my spine. He said if you've ever swam in the ocean, then you've had an up-close, personal encounter with a shark. It's just that you didn't know it. The shark saw you, but you didn't see the shark. And then I've thought about all the times I've swam at Galveston Beach where you can't even see your hand one inch under the water, and I thought: Yeah, I'm sure I've had many encounters with sharks and who knows what else.
I do know of two encounters that I've had with sharks where I've seen the shark. The first one was ten years ago when I became the first non-marine biologist to scuba dive in the downtown Houston aquarium. In fact, I had to sign my life away with a release form, and they warned me about the sharks. I got to feed the fish, and they said the sharks will come up and just grab the food. Just be careful, they have really sharp teeth. They said there's a saw fish that you've got to worry about because they slash their prey, and then they scavenge it off the bottom in pieces, and they can really slash you up. Also, the eels ... they come at you trying to get the food, and they'll bite down, and then they'll pull away flesh so be careful about the eels. I got to wear chainmail, though, on my hands so I wasn't too worried about that. In fact, I think I'm still the only non-marine biologist ever to get to dive in the downtown Houston aquarium.
But I remember the second time I encountered sharks was on vacation a couple of years ago with Chris.