Every once in a while I run across an extraordinary story of how the Holy Ghost can guide and protect. Stan Cronin’s story is one of these. It’s a story of how he was guided by the Holy Ghost to where he could do some good as a Phoenix police officer and protected with specific instructions in such a way that he came through a very tricky situation, while if he had gone strictly according to his training he would most certainly have been killed.
Several features stick out to me about his story.
--He was in a habit of consistently praying for guidance as to where to go to do good.
--He was not afraid to look silly.
--He received specific promptings to do things contrary to his training, things that seemed risky and weird to him. He anticipated becoming a statistic and a training case study of what not to do. But he had the humility to follow these impressions, and he trusted the Lord had a good reason.
--He had to deal not only with a potentially dangerous situation, but also with the tension of knowing he was going “off script” from standard operating procedures, yet he didn’t give up and dismiss additional impressions as they came. He saw things through to the end, continuing to follow guidance from the Holy Ghost.
We believe keeping the commandments will bring us safety and peace. We know rules and standard operating procedures are very helpful for bringing order and much safety to our lives. A well-trained police officer with integrity would expected to hold to that line. And yet, we see in the particular situation of this story, that would have gotten him killed. The only way he escaped was by following the Holy Ghost.
It strikes me that the above features can be applied in each of our lives too, no matter our field of labor. We can cultivate a habit of praying for guidance to do good. We can practice humility and learn to trust promptings. We can recognize the tension we might feel if we’re off-script when following the Spirit and choose to continue to trust to the end.