Philippians 2:12 “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”
Even when the human(s) God has used to teach us are not around we should follow what we have been taught. Their presence shouldn’t be a crutch for us to lean on. Our true self is revealed when no one is there for us to lean on. At the same time it is always good and right to lean on God; Psalms 119:67; Proverbs 3:5,6.