I nearly missed the coach. I arrived at Mbobe Filling Station (I didn’t know the name of the place until this day!) just in the nick of time. After paying my fare I went to the upper deck and perched on a window seat. I like window seats and probably everybody does. I understand some airlines charge extra for window seats.
On the two seats in front of me was a foreign couple by the look of their complexion and language. They hugged and kissed each other almost the whole trip. This is not typical of Malawians. Directly behind me was a Malawian lady probably in her early 20s. I didn’t physically see her but she kept talking on her mobile phone for a distance of not less than 30kms all the time attempting to sound American. The seat next to mine, the aisle seat, was unoccupied but directly across the aisle was a lady who was very busy with her laptop for almost the whole journey.
The engine of the bus being way below us there was deafening silence in our deck even after the bus had coughed into life. That’s what makes me miss the local bus sometimes. In a local bus there is always noise. People talk about politics and other issues and you can learn a lot of things by simply listening to them. This is not the case in these coaches and the journey becomes boring. Beautiful as the coach was, there was neither music nor movies being played to entertain us. The video screens that we could see hanging on the roof of the coach were only for decoration.
I, therefore, had to find a way of entertaining myself. Unfortunately I had given the only Christian book I had taken on this trip to somebody in Mzimba. So I pulled out my Nokia mobile phone from my pocket and connected the headphones. I had loaded several Gospel albums that I found on my friends’ computers onto my 8GB memory card. I was ready to listen to music all the way to Blantyre. I went straight to the music section of the phone and to my surprise and shock there was no single album listed. I shook my head in disbelief. I then opened File Manager and saw that drive C was there with the disk size and drive E (memory card) was there but without disk size. When I clicked on the latter this dreaded message was displayed “Card is corrupted and cannot be opened”. Oh my heart sank. So I had lost all the music, photos, videos and other information? Desperation set in. How has it become corrupted? Then I remembered something.
Earlier in the day my colleague in the project asked me if she could load my memory card in her phone to see if internet would work. The internet never worked even with the memory card inside. Since I was in a hurry for the coach I removed the memory card while it was still being accessed by the phone and she also warned me that she had lost the functionality of her external hard drive because it was disconnected from a pc while it was being accessed. These memories brought more desperation into my heart.
I then switched off the phone, waited for some few seconds and then switched it on again hoping it would perhaps work. To my dismay and grief the same dreaded message appeared “Card is corrupted and cannot opened”.
Now what else could I do? I just couldn’t stand the thought of losing all what was on the card. As I have already said I had videos, music, photos, Hyssop applications, etc on the card and losing them all really brought desperation. I then bowed down my head and prayed. I wanted my card to be back to normal. When I said “… in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen” I switched off the phone once again, waited for some seconds and then switched it on again. I quickly went to the File Manager and lo and behold there was drive E with the disk size beside it. I quickly opened it and found that my music, videos, etc were all there intact.
Who said God doesn’t repair faulty gadgets?
This reminds me of what happened to a certain gentleman in Nkhotakota. This man’s phone had a faulty charging system or the system itself had outlived its usefulness. So it was constantly put on charge. When Brother Overton Makuta went there the phone was brought to him for prayer. After praying for it not only did God fix the charging system but He even made the phone self-charging. Ever heard of it? The phone kept on charging itself (no charger was connected) for weeks.
WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. ONLY BELIEVE