Khadijah Muhammad has seemingly dedicated her life to helping and serving others. From waitressing at Cheddars restaurant, making homemade pies, muffins, soup, and delivering it to the homeless on her own, Muhammad receives satisfaction just from knowing she’s helped others.
But the last month hasn’t been easy for Muhammad. Already behind on bills, Muhammad had to take off from work to drive to Ohio to visit her mother who had a heart-attack.
“All I wanted was to see my mother one more time. With God’s help, I managed to make it up there driving in the middle of the big snow storm that hit earlier this month. I was able to see her and she pulled through, thankfully. When I got back home in Knoxville, it started to sink in how much work I missed and that I was not going to be able to pay all of my bills. I’ve been trying to pick up any extra shifts that I can,” is what Muhammad told WBIR.com.
Thankfully her mother recuperated from the heart-attack, but on Wednesday, another setback hit Muhammad. Her utilities were going to be shut off.
“It said, ‘This is your second and final notice of past due bill to prevent service disconnection.’ I was thinking I’m really going to need a miracle to pay my bills this month.”
That miracle came in the form of a generous family.
A husband, wife and a child came in for dinner Wednesday evening. Muhammad said nothing really stood out about them. She said they spoke cordially and their billed totaled $29.30. When Muhammad went to pick up their bill, after the family left, she noticed that it was turned over. She said that’s usually a sign that no tip wasn’t left.
“I just remember seeing a comma after the one and knew it wasn’t $10. And I was like, ‘Oh, my God!’ And I just lost my balance and I was like, ‘Does this say a thousand dollars?’ I could not believe it.”
The family also left a simple note on the tip.
“It says, ‘Jesus Blessed us and we were led to give it to you. God Bless!’ What I’m thinking now is I believe it.”
Muhammad has no idea who the tippers are, but she has a few words for them.
“I just want to thank them. Thank them so much, because I’m humbled. I’m grateful. I do believe that God led you to me at this time in my life,” said a tearful Muhammad.
Muhammad also hopes one day she’s able to do the same for someone else.