Friendship is a blessing…trust in a friendship is earnt.
Complete trust brings a bond like no other can.
I was attending a conference with a friend, when I experienced this personally.
I was honoured and privileged, as my friend without hesitation displayed deep and complete trust in me and in my ability to provide all she needed.
Her trust in me was complete and without question!
I must admit, although in the moment I was feeling very honoured, I also felt a form of hesitation….
What if my direction fails, or is not followed as it is meant to? The results could be devastating, not only in the practical sense but also in our friendship.
My direction was all she had, as I explained to her what her next step would be.
And as I began to provide the instructions, I began to wonder if I could be as trusting. Not once did she question my instructions.
Could I allow myself to be vulnerable like that?
Here is how she demonstrated such trust:
On this occasion my close friend had very limited vision, (her vision has since been healed!) causing more than a few hiccups in everyday life. Her sight was so restricted that she wore contact lenses at all times, with the additional need of glasses when reading.
We were just about to start our short walk back to the accommodation that had been provided to us for our time away at the conference, when stepping outside we were faced with a wind that was atrocious. It was blowing so much there were mini tornados forming on the ground in front of us, picking up every small object in their path. Even with sunglasses on, dirt and dust was making its way into our eyes. The consequence of one small speck of dust or dirt getting into my friends eye would have been disastrous, a risk she was not willing to take.
In order to prevent this she instinctively held onto my arm, closed her eyes and asked for direction. No questions asked, not only trusting me to do this, but also trusting that all she needed would be provided.
She followed every instruction I gave.
I described the street, the path we were travelling, any step she would have to make up or down and if there were other people within the same area. All instruction was given for her safety.
Plenty of girl conversation was included in the directions as well, demonstrating our ability of multi tasking! And a gentle reminder to us, that, it is not so much about the destination in life, but the journey we take.
My friend took each step perfectly, displaying complete confidence that I would lead her correctly and provide all necessary information needed to make the right step.
I admire her greatly, and learnt so much from her that day.
Although there was little option for her at this time, she gave no second thought to the steps she had to take, or in this case, how she would take them!
As a loyal friend, I provided the instruction she needed.
Contemplating how I could only provide this on a human level, how much greater is the protection and guidance I receive from my loving and faithful God?
Each step I take is guided.
Each step is a part of the journey and although it will get me to my destination, why not enjoy the time taken to get there?
I am so very thankful for my dear friend. This occurred some years ago yet still speaks volumes to me, and as I share it with you, once again I begin to feel the overwhelming feeling of being so very honoured that my friend would consider me so very trustworthy.
Friendship, true friendship really is a blessing. Thank you my friend.