The Power of a Candy Bar
Rex Leslie Howard, Jr.
All scripture taken from the English Standard Version
Hebrews 3:15 As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
Galatians 3:5 Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith—
I want to tell yall a story about Will smith.
Yep, I know Will Smith.
He lives in Yukon.
So … 🙂 I guess I’m not talking about the Will Smith that most of you think of when you think of Will Smith.
Will Smith was an extremely bitter man, an abusive man, an arogant man, a self-centered man and an all-around unpleasant individual to hang out with. But
he’s not that way anymore.
I want to tell you a story about how God helped me and a friend play a part in helping Will to overcome the obstacles in his life and become a caring,
sharing, giving, loving and compassionate individual.
It happened because people listened to the voice of God.
There were many people who’s intervention in Will’s life saved him from himself.
I can only tell you my story but just know, it took way more than God’s working through me to reach into Will’s heart but … I do believe this was where
it all started.
In February of 2010 I moved to Yukon, Oklahoma and began going to Discovery Church faithfully, Sunday morning, Sunday night, Tuesday nights for Living
Free and Wednesday night services where I would sometimes play in the praise and worship group.
I met a lot of truly awesome people at that time and I really began to understand more about God’s amazing love and His willingness to perform miracles
if we would only listen.
In May one of these miracles occured and it began a series of events that was life-changing for Will and … life-changing for me.
During this time the children’s ministry of Discovery Church would sell candy bars. Every sunday I would buy four or five candy bars and give all but two
of them away. I would eat one and give one to my best friend Clayton.
It was the Sunday before Mother’s Day and I had purchased five candy bars but for some reason I couldn’t give them away that day. Everybody kept saying
“Nah, I’ll pass today. You keep them. You always buy these and give them out.”
So, I ate one of the candy bars and was thinking about eating another when Clayton and Will came up to me and said we were ready to head out and go home.
We had to drop Will off at a motel where he was staying. He had assaulted his room mate a week or two before that to the point that the man required hospitalization.
The church got hold of Clayton and he and I went to visit Will shortly after the incident happened. We told Will that he had a choice. He could either
seek treatment in a long-term recovery facility or go to jail. it was his decision.
We didn’t condone his behavior, we didn’t accept his behavior and we told him we were disgusted in his behavior. We told him if he wanted help he could
get it but if he didn’t he could go to jail, face a trial and possibly go to prison. He reluctantly and vehemently agreed to seek treatment so the church
began to work to find him a place within the Teen Challenge organization. Teen Challenge is an adolescent and adult recovery program based on discipline
and Christian principles. It’s a difficult program and the facilities are situated in remote places so that people cannot easily leave them or call for
friends to come and pick them up.
While he waited for Teen Challenge to accept him, the church put him up in a motel room for the week.
As we were driving from the church to the motel Clayton was talking to Will about his responsibilities as a human being. We weren’t cutting Will any slack.
We told him exactly how it was and didn’t pretend to accept his behavior.
While Clayton is talking to Will, God is talking to me and telling me to give Will the candy bars.
“No way God,” I said. “He’s a big alpha male and he’s going to think I’m totally weird and beat me up.”
“No he won’t,” says God. “I’m orchestrating this thing and I know what I’m doing. Give Will the candy bars.”
“I ain’t gonna do it God. You’re crazy if you expect me to do something like that.”
“I am crazy,” says God. “I’m crazy about people. Give! Will! the! candy bars!”
“Okay and just how am I going to approach this with Will? should I just throw them at him and run?”
“I’ll tell you what to say. GIVE WILL THE CANDY BARS.”
So when we got to the motel I turned to Will and said “Man you’re probably going to think this is totally weird and I’m some kind of panzy but … God
wants me to give you these candy bars. He’s insistent on it so … here is four candy bars.”
This big alpha male, abusive, bad tempered, fowl mouthed man began to cry because he had no food in his motel room and didn’t know what he was going to
eat for the evening or even the next few days for that matter.
You see Will’s pride wouldn’t allow him to ask for help so he would have gone hungry and miserable. he would have rather done without than bring himself
to ask for anything.
We took him to the Sonic and bought him a couple of hamburgers for the night and then Clayton and I went in halves the next evening to get him some groceries
for the rest of the week.
On Mother’s Day of that year, three men chose to take Will to Teen Challenge over spending the day with their wives and mothers. Clayton, Thomas French,
me and another guy took Will to Hot Springs, AR where he remained in the Teen Challenge program for about 18 months. Clayton and I went to see him a few
months after he had been there and we could already see the change in him.
When Will was released, he got his license for the first time in his 42 years, he got his own place for the first time in his life, got a real job for
the first time in his life and from what I understand has an actual functional and long term relationship.
Was there really power in the canby bar?
No, but there is power in God if we’ll just open up the ears of our heart and listen.
Mark 4:9 And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
1 Corinthians 2:14
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually
Psalm 37:5-6 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he