"So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan." -Genesis 12: 4-5
Most recently, I said to a friend, “Please, will you trust me?” I knew from his voice he was hesitating and even said, “I trust you, but maybe we should do it another way.” He wasn’t so keen on doing it my way, but God was speaking to me, too. Imagine! I was hearing, “Ignore what he’s saying. Don’t back down. Push this project through.” Thank God, he trusted me. The project was accepted, and it came back to bless him big time. Our friendship just deepened. Trust was built even more.
A few days ago, something happened. I was about to react in the “Teresa Hurricane” way, but I didn’t. You know why? Because in this friendship, I learned to trust my friend, too. He had told me, “Teresa please be careful. I believe this is going to happen to you, and when it does, please don’t react. Please just ignore it.” When it happened, I was about to react in a manner that would have been well deserved. However, I didn’t. When I was asked why I allowed that nonsense to occur. I said, “Because of Ethan, that's why. I can’t stand the thought of disappointing him.” You see, trust was built. Something else too! Faith! This is why I love Abraham so much. He had this kind of trust and faith in God. Guess what? God had trust and faith in what Abraham would do too. This is how it works. It was a two-way street.
I just love studying this man’s life. What a great man Abraham was. I must ask the question, “Why was God his friend?” Why would God say, “Is there anything I will hide from my friend Abraham?” Let me answer that for you. He never questioned God. He simply trusted, believed, and obeyed everything God told him to do. EVERYTHING! That was the secret to his blessings. This is how real friendships are. Like my story with my friend Ethan. We trust each other, and in doing so, we were blessed.