Common Valerian

This is a common valerian I snapped growing in a hedgerow as I walked to our mid-week service. The name comes from the Latin verb valere, meaning 'to be healthy or strong'. It was prescribed by the classical physician Galen for insomnia. Sleeplessness is a terrible condition; without sufficient rest, the following day is condemned to lethargy. There is often too much on our mind to settle; we worry about potential outcomes or vital decisions to make. Says Peter in 1:5:7

“casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

The restless worrier is still awake for he keeps snatching back his troubles from Christ’s steady hand.