The Power of Paying It Forward
Contributing and Paying It Forward With The Right Intention
Can Create What Are Often Perceived As Coincidences
and In Some Cases Miracles
One day a man saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road, but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His old Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her.
Even with the smile on his face, it was quite obvious she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. What was his motive? Was he going to hurt her? He didn't look safe; he looked poor and hungry.
He immediately sensed that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. It was those chills which only fear can put in you.
He said, "I'm here to help you, ma'am. Why don't you just wait in the car where it's warm?
By the way, allow me to introduce myself... My name is Bryan Anderson. I'll have you up and running in a jiffy."
Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad enough. As she climbed back in, Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tire. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt due to the bitter cold.
As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down the window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only just passing through. She couldn't thank him enough for coming to her aid.
Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her. She already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped.
Bryan never thought twice about being paid. This random act of kindness wasn't a job to him. This was nothing more or less than helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty, who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way.
He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance they needed, and Bryan added, 'And think of me.'
He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight.
A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip home.
It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn't erase. The lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her positive and upbeat attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger.
Then she remembered Bryan Anderson...
After the lady finished her meal, she paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress quickly went to get change for her hundred dollar bill, but the old lady had slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. The waitress wondered where the lady could be. Then she noticed something written on the napkin.
There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady wrote: 'You don't owe me anything. I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I'm helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do: Do not let this chain of love end with you.'
Under the napkin were four more $100 bills.
Well, there were still tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day.
That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the Money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month and money being in short supply it was going to be hard...
She knew how worried her husband had been recently, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, 'Everything's going to be all right. I love you so much, Bryan Anderson.'
There is an old saying 'What goes around comes around.' That's much more "true and powerful" than most understand. Today I chose to pay it forward and share this story with you (no charge of course :) ) but I'll ask that if it "feels right" that you pass it on too.
Let this light shine...God or whatever the Source of your understanding might be often works in mysteries ways and sometimes puts people in our lives whether it be for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
We can never know which it is for sure but one thing we can know is that it always serves a greater purpose. One that can and always does benefit all involved.
When it doesn't "seem" that way, it's simply a matter of looking below the surface with an open mind and heart, enabling us to "see" for ourselves just how real and true that is. And it ALWAYS is.
Sometimes we just have to look a little harder than other times.