I remember Mike Bickle once saying that one way of recognising that the Holy Spirit is speaking to us as we read the Bible (The Spirit of wisdom and revelation – Eph.1:17) is that you can be reading a passage you have read a hundred times before and then suddenly you notice something for the first time about it that leaves you touched/moved/challenged/corrected/rebuked/motivated or inspired.
I remember Paul Scanlon also once advising that when reading the Bible we shouldn’t be looking for rare ‘snow leopards’ of revelation but that we should read with more of an awareness of the broader strokes of revelation in Scripture and apply these to our daily living.
To me it makes sense that the more applied the more general truths of Scripture are in our lives, the more likely that we are to see the snow leopards of Scripture and be forever changed by them. And snow leopards are there so why not look for them?
I was reading a passage yesterday with my wife and was struck by just the faintest glimpse of a snow leopard as we read together. It was like seeing something strange and rare in nature that exhilarated my spirit but it was a sentence on a page – some ink on tissue paper. But it was a living sentence. If you actually did see a snow leopard in the wild, wouldn’t it make you stop, look harder and wait a while?
I encourage you not to rush on when you catch these glimpses of God’s heart to yours. They are significant. I find it helpful to spend time thinking and praying about why something caught my attention and wait to see what He says…