Monday morning, my new phone, which I have had for less than 3 weeks, decided to malfunction on me. As I was getting ready for work, I noticed it kept trying to hotsync; it was NOWHERE near a computer, nevertheless plugged into one. I turned it off, thinking to myself that surely – that would fix it, but nope – it didn’t! As I drove to work, my phone continued to attempt to hotsync. When I got to work, I hotsynced it to my computer, thinking that if I did that, maybe it would ‘get it out of its system’, but alas – The phone ended up turning off and never coming back on. Great! I called ATT to get a replacement sent out, which they graciously overnighted. In the meanwhile, I googled this issue and found that it’s a common one with this particular phone… *sigh*… I hope I won’t run into this error again!
Anyhow, they overnighted by phone by Fedex. Normally, when I have received packages from ATT, they send it through a courier that leaves the package between the doors of my house. This was the only time that a signature was required. Fedex ended up coming during a time when no one was at the house, so they left a door tag. I called my housemate who informed me of this. I called Fedex and found out that the deliverer would be pack at the center by 6:30 and that they closed at 8. Great! I headed home, picked up the doortag, and headed out at about 6p. The Fedex center is in West Philly; I live nowhere near there, so I mapped it out on Google, and headed out. I confidently drove down the streets that I was familiar with. A little while later, after I’d made a left, I passed about 20 blocks and still didn’t see the street I was looking for! I started to whimper (and then said to myself – Jenn, really?) then lamented because I couldn’t make a phone call OR use GoogleMaps on my phone to help me navigate!
I pulled over to a Rite-Aid and asked an employee how to get there, and let me say – what he said didn’t line up with what I saw as I drove along. Somehow, after looping around, I ran into the street I was looking for – Gray’s Ferry. I breathed a sigh of relief, and began to navigate my way to the Fedex center. Well, while looking for 36th street, I somehow ended up near 48th! It never ends, lol! I turned around and as I was coming back down Gray’s Ferry, I saw the Fedex center and turned in the parking lot. A few minutes later, I emerged, box in hand! Victory! I got in my car, placed the phone on the charger, and then headed back down Gray’s Ferry. I had no clue how I was going to navigate my way home, but I felt a little more confident with a working phone. While driving, I passed a sign for I76. Yes! I know how to navigate my way home from here! After I made my turn, I saw it said I76E… uh oh… I need to be going West! I drove a little further and saw a sign for I95. YES! THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I NEED!
Happily, I drove along, following the signs for I95. Driving… driving… in the left lane… driving… In the far right – “Last exit for 95 before leaving PA”… What followed after was humorous. “Nooooooooooo!!!!” Yep, that came out of my mouth. Up ahead was a bridge (I have a slight bridge phobia – sweaty palms, tensing up, the whole 9) so I braced myself. On my right was an 18 wheeler, something I also don’t feel too comfortable with. My gas tank was getting closer to E, I had no money, and I was tired (after a long Theraflu induced night). I saw an exit for the Camden Waterfront, followed that, and drove until I saw signs for the Ben Franklin bridge. I was familiar with old Ben because on my first day driving to my current job, I was forced to exit and ended up in Camden, NJ… a story my boss loves to share! Oh, sidenote – leaving Philly to go to New Jersey is absolutely free. Coming back is another story – You WILL pay a toll. No matter what bridge you take – Tacony, Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, etc. – you will pay a toll to get back into Philly. I prayed for God’s grace and finally got to the toll window. “Hi! I’m from Philly and I missed my turn and I have no money… Here! Here’s my driver’s license! You can take down my address and info and bill me! I just don’t have any money!”… and you know what? The young man said, “Don’t worry about it” and let me through… “THANK YOU LORD” came out of my mouth as I made my way back into Pennsylvania. Let me add – This entire trip, from start to finish, I went back and forth between laughing and crying. I tend to laugh in the strangest situations. Yes, my friends DO think I’m a nut. I gladly accept the title.
By the time I got home, my tank was on E, I was tired, yet glad, and thought to myself – Wow, an adventure with God. I noticed my sinfulness in the situation – feeling better when I got my phone versus totally trusting in the Lord alone to guide me through it all, my easy tendency to throw a mini tantrum when things don’t go my way, and not trusting His sovereignty and perfect plan… Yuck. I’m a mess. 😥 And in spite of all of this, all of my sinfulness, He STILL guided me, directed me, granted grace to me, kept me safe, had mercy on me… What a good God. What an adventure in more ways than one.