The Mansion Experience

Imagine a mansion where the garage holds a pink convertible, the master bedroom includes a bubble bath and porch, and the greenhouse has all sorts of mysterious plants to study. You can dance in the ballroom, entertain on the two-story patio, type on the lime-green computer in the office, and get a tan in the tanning bed in the workout room. If you ever want to leave the mansion, you can ride in a purple carriage behind the white horse who lives in the stable.

Now imagine that this mansion is very tiny and each resident is as small as your finger nail.

This mansion is from England’s Bluebird Toys and was marketed by Mattel in the United States in the 1990s. It also happens to be one of my favorite* childhood toys: The Polly Pocket Pink Magical Mansion.

One day, my sister was playing with the mansion and discovered, in addition to all of these wonderful rooms, there was also a secret attic room with a telescope!

I was beyond excited with this “new” room! My wonderful little mansion had only gotten more wonderful, and I wondered how I had played for so long without the attic space.

The mansion is now somewhere in storage, but I’ve been thinking about my mansion experience lately as I reflect on the Holy Spirit.

We’ve been studying the book of Revelation at church along with the study book from David Jeremiah called Agents of the Apocalypse. In the study I read 2 Thessalonians 2:7.

“For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.”

This verse can suggest that at the Rapture (when those who have believed in Jesus Christ as their Savior are taken up to heaven with Him) the Holy Spirit (He) will be taken with us, and the Spirit will switch to moving in a more Old Testament way here on earth. If Pentecost began the Church Age, the Rapture ends the Church Age.

To me, this made the Holy Spirit seem to be a limited-time-only special, and reminded me that the Holy Spirit is Someone I want to embrace and invite into my life right now and daily. He’s a big deal along with Jesus and God the Father, but I feel like sometimes we leave Him out.

So how does the Holy Spirit relate to the story about my Polly Pocket mansion?

John Sherrill studied and wrote about the Holy Spirit in the 1950s in a book called They Speak with Other Tongues. After meeting the Holy Spirit, Sherrill shares about the positive changes he saw in himself in his work, demeanor, and relationships. He goes on to say,

I discovered an interesting thing: you find in the Bible those Persons of the Godhead with whom you have had an encounter. For years I “saw” only the Father in the Scriptures. Then after the [saying “yes” to Christ] experience I found the Son. And now it was the Holy Spirit. It was a phenomenal adventure, reading words I’d focused my eyes upon all my life yet never grasped…Church, too, took on new meaning. For the first time I understood what the psalmist meant when he said, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go unto the house of the Lord.” (142-143)

This is how it is when you encounter the Holy Spirit; it is like unlocking another floor in the mansion of faith. The relationship with your Creator that you find so wonderful only gets more wonderful, and you wonder how you made it so long without the Holy Spirit.

I’m still learning about the Holy Spirit (and a lot of things!), so I’ll close this post with just some verses about the Holy Spirit. Thanks so much for reading!

Ephesians 1:13 (ESV) In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit…

John 16:13-14 (ESV) When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on his own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take what is Mine and declare it to you.

Revelation 3:6 (ESV) He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Revelation 22:17 (ESV) The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

*My first Polly Pocket was the zoo one – oh the nostalgia!

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