Has your bank account ever been so low that you found yourself wondering if you’d be able to afford something as small as a meal or a ride on the subway?
Chances are, we’ve all experienced or at least know someone who has experienced that feeling of desperation as we try and find some way to make money quickly appear in our hands.
As Deric Wortham shared with Love What Matters, he remembered that feeling as a college student, and when he saw someone in a similar situation, he decided to pay it forward. But what occurred a few days later—it was something that seems to only happen in the movies.
While at the bank, Deric Wortham saw a college student holding a jar of coins.
In early 2016, Wortham was at the bank and noticed a college student standing behind him in line holding a Mason jar. He observed that the jar was only about a third full of change, so he decided to joke around with her.
“I commented to her that she was supposed to wait until it was completely filled before cashing it in,” he shared with Love What Matters.
She replied that she didn’t have enough money in her account and she needed to deposit what little change she had, even though Wortham estimated she had about $5.00.
Wortham decided to help the student out.
When Wortham reached the teller he told them to withdraw $50 from his account and deposit it into the student’s account.
“Why? Do you know her?” he recalled the teller asking him.
He replied that while he didn’t know her, at that moment she needed the money more than he did.
After he paid it forward, he prayed that he and the student would be taken care of.
Wortham had bills too that would soon need attention, so he asked God to bless both the college student and himself.
A few days after his encounter at the bank, his prayer was answered.
While working as a waiter, Wortham was surprised to see the receipt from his last customer of the week. They left him an extremely generous tip, much more than his usual 18 to 20%.
They left him a whopping $50 on a $49 bill.
Wortham was amazed when one of his customers tipped him the same amount he gave the college student.
"A couple of days ago I was standing in line at the bank. A young girl (college age) was behind me with a Mason jar 1/3…
Talk about good karma!
“Remember, ‘Paying it forward’ will eventually come back to you!” he wrote.