Posted by: springsinthedesert | June 8, 2010

You Are At The Perfect Place

When he has leveled its surface, Does he not sow the black cummin  And scatter the cummin, Plant the wheat in rows, The barley in the appointed place, And the spelt in its place?

               Isaiah 28:25

Today’s devotion is more like a continuous thought from the same scripture that we discussed yesterday…Isaiah 28:20-29. We know that a farmer has four main seasons with respect to farming…plowing, sowing, watering and harvesting. They are all inter-related, as one cannot be done without performing the other.

As I mentioned yesterday, our next door neighbors had been working real hard on their apartment front yard. I have seen the couple work so hard in that hot sun, for a whole day; preparing the soil. Next day, I met them outside with hands full of plants from ‘Home Depot’. Very aesthetically, they arranged the plants and placed the mulch around them. But I noticed a small area separated from the flowering plants…They had placed a net on four poles over that patch…My guess is that they must have planted some seeds or some tender herbs there which needed special care and attention than other plants in the same ground. I see them watering that area under the net differently.

That is exactly what Isaiah is mentioning in that chapter. Now that the plowing season is over and the land is ready according to the farmer, it is the season for sowing. He has different plants in his hand and they are to be planted differently. A good farmer knows that there are respective places for each one of them. Let us look at that verse to see what it means…

     When he has leveled its surface,
      Does he not sow the black cummin
      And scatter the cummin,
      Plant the wheat in rows,
      The barley in the appointed place,
      And the spelt in its place?

From the above verse, we see that they are planted in the same prepared land , but in different places…and the method of sowing is different…Some are scattered, while some others are planted individually in rows. Why do they have special places in the prepared land? Why not all together? A good farmer knows His plants really well….He knows which one is delicate and small…which one needs special care. The level of watering they need might be different too. So considering all this in mind, He plants them accordingly. I love the next verse which says…

     For the black cummin is not threshed with a threshing sledge,
      Nor is a cartwheel rolled over the cummin;
      But the black cummin is beaten out with a stick,
      And the cummin with a rod.

You know what, a farmer when planting, also takes into consideration the harvesting procedures for each plants..Wheat and Barley needs to be threshed with a sledge, whereas black cummin which is light and airy can be just beaten by a stick and cummin with a rod..They are so light and tender that they cannot be threshed by a sledge as they will be destroyed completely. And this is yet another reason for planting them in their own respective places so that at harvest, they can be harvested by the procedures with which they can be sustained and not destroyed.

What does all this mean to us in our spiritual life? In God’s perfectly plowed land, we are placed at different areas…Some of us are placed on the edges, some of us occupy the exact center of the land…some are planted in rows, some of us are under the net..some of us planted where the sunlight is really bright..No matter how and where we are placed, we all share the same land…the kingdom of God. Me, being a cummin cannot say that I want to be placed where wheat is…I cannot exchange my place with barley because I cannot adapt to the conditions that is suitable for barley..I cannot say that I do not want to be under that net…We are all placed in perfect circumstances of life, in perfect families and in perfect surroundings..Because, our farmer knows that there alone can we grow and produce the harvest He expects. You cannot be in someone else’s life situations and produce the harvest that you expect. And our loving farmer knows that if you are weak and tender like a cummin, you cannot handle the harvesting equipment like a sledge and if you are tough and hard like wheat or barley, a harvesting equipment like stick or rod will not be productive in threshing your cob…So let me tell you…You are planted in the right the right family. That place alone will help you grow in Him and lead you to a hundredfold harvest.


God Bless,

Rani John



  1. Rani . . .you have no idea how much this is for me. It’s like Him talking to me, straight to my heart. I am sitting up straight and wide awake, on the edge of my seat! Please know how much He loves you and is using you to touch us . . .especially me. love and prayers, deb

    • Deb,

      I’m so glad to hear that..because yesterday when I started writing this…I felt..Why am I writing this? Does this scripture really mean like that?? Or is there any other important truth behind this scripture that I missed? I felt like not writing…But something urged me to write it…and I’m glad that it spoke to you…

      I pray that I will always respond to His call and will never miss His voice…Please remember me in your prayers…
      God Bless,

  2. Rani,
    It is a powerful devotion. It is so true. God has put us all in different places for a particular purpose.I can see that God is using you more these days Rani. I hope and pray you always have this anointing in your writing that with your words lots of people will move closer to God.
    May God bless you

    • Thank you Sheena…Yes, we are placed at the right places and the circumstances we go through is for a purpose…Farmer always looks for the harvest…Thank you for all your encouraging words and prayer support…When I started this blog, I never thought that I’ll write everyday…but I’m glad that He completely directed this blog because if it was from me alone, I would have given up much earlier itself…Its His doing and all glory belongs to Him.


  3. This is a wonderful devotion. I have really enjoyed this one and the one from yesterday. It is so true about each person being delt with differently by our God. I have noticed that when the Lord is working on my husband and on me, he does so, so completely differently! I really enjoy your devotions! 🙂
    God bless

    • Desiree,

      I’m happy that it spoke to you….We are all different..even the people in the same family…He knows how to deal with us…His plans for us are unique and special because we are special…Thank you for your encouraging comments…

      God Bless,

  4. Thank you, Rani, for the devotions of yesterday and today. I felt these were just for me. I am waiting for long for the next season although at times I ask God, “How long my God, how long?” This message assures me that He is still very busy tending me and preparing the perfect answer for my request. I am thanking God for using you to speak to us.

    • I’m glad that these devotions spoke to you….As we wait for His promises to be fulfilled, remember that He is training you to be perfect and useful for His Kingdom

      God Bless,

  5. Rani,

    The more I read your articles, the more I realised that you are the planting of the Lord…to display his splendor. Thank you for speaking once again into my heart.

    You have a heart for God…and God knows it!

    Blessings and hugs,


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