Jesus’ Anointing, Our Calling! On May 10, 1869, crews from the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads converged at Promontory Summit in northwest Utah. Their purpose was to connect their two railroads into the first transcontinental railroad. You might think the key to their success was skilled engineering, cartography, and a detailed blueprint. But you’d be wrong. They certainly had incredibly skilled engineering. They had the best maps available. But the real key to their success was something else. It was their ability to constantly make mid-course corrections. There was no way they could follow a detailed route. The maps of that day were too primitive. Confronted with a constant barrage of unforeseen obstacles, tunneling challenges, unstable soil, and harsh weather, they had to constantly change their plans in light of their realities and their mission.