Many May remember back about 11 Years ago I had Rachel on my Show and she was/is quite a character the video below is how I found her, kind of a poster child for the values in car care I have been teaching for years, essentially if you take care of your car it will last as long as you do.
As you will discover on Today’s Christian Car Guy Show as told by the new owner of Chariot himself, Scott Krause of Wisconsin, that shortly after Rachel wasn’t able to drive because of macular degeneration when she was 97, she tried to get Jay Leno to buy it and considered having it in Ford’s museum, though Scott tells us that Ford said they didn’t want folks to keep cars that long. Scott convinced her that Jay wouldn’t show the car and eventually she literally gave the car to Scott with the agreement he would take the care of it like she had and that he would place it in a museum. Scott carefully chose The Wisconsin Auto Museum. There on Rachel’s 100th birthday this year the Museum had the event pictured above.
Growing Bolder the folks that made her and themselves famous with her story was invited but didn’t attended, neither did the Ford execs, or Jay Leno. Sad in a way but I really felt they all missed the point though it was clear in the title of the original piece that they did on Rachel and Chariot, “Romancing The Road”. This was a love story, that woman loved that car and she came to love Scott through a number of trips to the Wisconsin, Iola Old Car Show Show, she could sense his love for her Chariot that was worth more than any money someone would pay for her.
Rachel told me when I interviewed her years ago that Chariot still had the original paint at the time, which shocked me in that salty Florida air for nearly fifty years, she said her secret was she washed it in Kerosene, (WHAT?) yes, Kerosene,(SCANDALOUS)! I truly believe she was anointing Chariot, like the two women in the Bible who loved on and anointed Jesus feet, equally scandalous.
As I was studying the love in the Song of Songs and the 23rd Psalm last week there is the part, “He anoints my head with oil” that really took me deeper into my own love stories this week than I could have ever imagined. To anoint in the original language carries with it a sense of stroking or petting. Think of it why are pets called pets, because you anoint them with your love. How many people will you let stroke your head or feet? It’s scandalous. Yes, when my wife strokes my head I feel especially loved and I love to stroke her hair as well its intimacy is scandalous, right. Caring for your car has something to do with loving it.
So on Sunday in my prayer and meditation time I climbed in to God’s lap and ask him to anoint me, rub my head with His love, that was amazing, but truly even more amazing was my time this morning. Lately I have been asking for more intimacy in prayer and in those moments I thought,” hmmm, it feels so amazing to have the Father stroke my head and anoint me, would it be possible for me to anoint, Jesus, would it be like, rubbing on fire or skin, is this even possible or a thing?” The Holy Spirit drew me right to this passage in Luke 7:44-48
44 Turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered into your house, and you didn’t give Me water for My feet. But she has drenched My feet with tears and wiped them with her hair. [e]45 You didn’t greet Me with a kiss; but from the time she entered, she has not stopped kissing My feet. 46 You didn’t anoint My head with oil, but she has anointed My feet with perfume. 47 For this reason I tell you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven—for she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little. 48 He then said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.”
Oh yes, its a thing and we can and will all have the chance to anoint the Christ or Messiah both mean the Anointed one.
Rachel loved Chariot and she loved Christ, she told me so herself. She lived her work life as a nurse as you see the stethoscope around her neck in the picture above. I believe she is now anointing Jesus with so much more than Kerosene and I am praying we can all find ways to anoint others and Jesus and He taught.