Jim and Nell Hamm, married just two weeks shy of fifty years, were enjoying one of their frequent day hikes in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in northern California. Jim, age seventy, and Nell, age sixty-five, found hiking to be a great way to enjoy each other’s company and exercise at the same time.
But on January 28, 2007, their routine outing turned tragic. A young mountain lion suddenly and viciously attacked Jim, locking his head in its mouth. Nell, keeping her wits about her, grabbed a nearby log and began beating the animal on the head.
When that had not apparent effect on the lion, Nell grabbed Jim’s ballpoint pen from his pocket and began jabbing it in the animal’s eye. She struck the can with such force that the pen actually broke in two, but the enraged animal still wouldn’t release its death grip on Jim. As a last resort, Nell again grabbed the log and attacked the cat.
After several minutes of intense battle, the cat let go of Jim, gave Nell a long stare, and then turned and walked away.
Jim survived the attack, and Nell was hailed as a hero and credited with saving her husband’s life. Jim, recuperating from his hospital bed, spoke of his wife’s courage: “She stood in there the whole time. If she hadn’t, I would be gone…No doubt about it…I’d be gone.”
Nell was quick to dismiss claims of any heroic action on her part: “You hear remarks of hero”, she said. “It wasn’t that. We love each other very much…and we just fought together like we do everything”
If you had not started prayed for your husband, I encourage you to start today. In this chapter of the book, Will Davis mentions many great examples to pray for your husband.
Last year, I made a list taking some paragraphs of the book. It does not matter if your husband is not struggling with some areas on his life, I believe praying for protection is the best way to keep him safe for any distraction. If he is doing great in some areas, I still believe praying will never hurt, instead God will guide him to improve.
This is the list I made:
I constantly keep increasing the list. I also pray for wisdom for me. I want to pray for what God intends my husband to be and not what I intends him to be.
Remember, you can make your own list. The most important is that your list should not be based in “what you want” but in what God wants him to be.