Do you ever get the feeling something just isn't right so you don't do it, or maybe you do something spontaneously out of the ordinary and it turns out really well? It happens to me all the time, and I know its the Holy Spirit guiding and protecting me.
My job is slow now, down to about twelve hours a week, so I've been able to get more bible study (currently Isaiah) than is normal. To briefly paint that picture, looking over my shoulder you would see two or three bibles of different translations open, a dictionary, a concordance, and probably a commentary or two displayed on my computer. It can get a bit hectic and somewhat tiring staying focused while bouncing between all those references.
After a while my mind begins to drift and settles on "The New Covenant", a satisfactory understanding that's been avoiding me for years. I think Chris and I even talked about it briefly a couple of years ago. Being tired my mind starts cracking jokes about imagining God sitting in heaven accepting the fact his first covenant wasn't working at all, and a plan B is needed. (About now reading this He's deciding if I get indoor plumbing or not in my double-wide.)
I close the books, turn off the laptop, and head off to head. My stage for this story is now set.
After a few minutes its obvious I'm not tired. I get up, swallow some wonderful, sleep inducing drugs, and turn on my laptop to the Logos bible study software. Now the software starts messing up being very slow, unresponsive, and repeatedly displaying an error message. Like an normal person, I start rapidly and randomly clicking my mouse and hammering the Pg Dn or Pg Up keys. Eventually the softare catches up, only instead of Isaiah, I'm now at Jeremiah 31:31-34, a wonderful explaination of the second covenant. The Holy Spirit is definitely working here.
This Holy Spirit intervention happens to me frequently, though usually on my motorcycle (avoiding high overpasses in strong, gusty winds) or in interacting with people. One of the most overwhelming events occured a few years ago when I was taking a break at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church pavillion. Taking a break during a ride, I stopped to read and do a little praying. After an hour or two, the Holy Spirit told me to get back to my ride where my prayer was answered.
Chris, buddy, I still say the bible isn't the only book you need. *grin*