Nook: any remote or sheltered spot; any secluded or obscure corner (Dictionary.com).
Cranny: a small narrow space or opening; a small out of the way place or obscure corner (Dictionary.com).
I often sing this song in my head: “The nooks & crannies in this world are the nooks & crannies of my heart. The nooks & crannies in my heart are the nooks & crannies of this world.” It reminds me that things or places in this world resonate with me for a reason. “A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, & a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thorn bushes, & grapes are not picked from bramble bushes. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” Luke 6:43-45. The other aspect of this tune in my head reminds me that comfort or renewal can often be found in the small corners of this world. It’s so easy to get caught up in the big world with hurrying and stress and discouragement. It can be hard to remember to guard our hearts while trying to battle everything around us. But turning to, even if only for a few moments, a nook or cranny helps quiet the flurry of the world to help us refocus on good things, things we are grateful for. Remembering too that different trees produce different fruit, reminds me that I cannot compare myself to others. I may not produce the fruit my friend produces but it’s because I need to focus on the fruit I am meant to produce.
Thank you world for all your nooks & crannies!