By Derek Maul

May he be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth (Psalm 72:6)

“You heavens above, rain down my righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness flourish with it; I, the LORD, have created it.” (Isaiah 45:8)

This morning, after another good rain, the garden is dripping wet and full with anticipation. It’s been a dry year to date, and this is maybe the third time in the past couple of weeks we’ve been blessed with a prolonged downpour.

Ironically, I had our sprinkler system fixed earlier in the week. The guys came out and worked hard for a few hours so that, on our designated watering morning, one day per week, we can apply the equivalent of a few watering cans of H2O to the parched plants and grass.

The watering day for our house number is Friday, and this morning I couldn’t help but compare the splendid deep drenching of late Thursday evening with the mechanical “squirt-gun on a swivel” running 20-minutes in each of the four “zones.”


Then, as the above words came through my fingers and on to the screen, I immediately thought about the difference between a brief, perfunctory “nod” to God one morning per week and the day-to-day thorough soaking of a Jesus-drenched life.

Sunday worship with my community of faith is always a great decision. But it becomes a full-on God-immersion only when I allow myself to stand in the daily downpour of his love and presence on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday too.

Forget the “squirt-gun on a swivel” approach to faith. Try a daily immersion in God. Starting now. Let it rain!

“Soaked” – DEREK


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Derek Maul
Derek Maul has written for many news outlets, including the Tampa Tribune, The United Methodist News Service, All Pro Dad, FOCUS Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Presbyterians Today, Guideposts, Chicken Soup for the Soul and many other publications. Read Derek Maul’s daily blog posts at