“God willing and the creek don't rise,” saying dates back to the 1800s. There
are are various opinions as to the original meaning. Some say it refers to Benjamin Hawkins of the late 18th century, who was asked by the US president to go back to Washington. In his reply, he was said to have written, 'God willing and the Creek don't rise.'
Because he capitalized Creek it's asserted that he was referring to the Creek Indian tribe and not a body of water.
Some say that is an American saying dating back to the 1800s and has nothing to do with the Creek Indian Tribe. However, the saying, 'God willing and the creek don't rise,' is still spoken today often.
My personal take on the saying is it dates back to the book of James in the Bible: “Today
or tomorrow we shall go into such and such a town, spend a year there doing business, and make a profit”--you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow. You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears.” Instead you should
say, “If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that.” James 4: 13-15.
When James says, “You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears,” helps me to remember to seek God's will in all my undertakings. Good
orderly direction is to make plans but leave the results to God. I need to seek God's will in all my plans otherwise I am just spinning my wheels and not moving forward in the way God wants me to go.
Lets face it, I don't always seek God's will and the results are nothing but a bunch of useless running around
like a chicken with my head cut off. When I can quiet my mind and be still and ask the Holy Spirit to help me, the answers flow from a place of peace not chaos.
Jesus I come to do your will. Help me Holy Spirit to discern Your will in all my decisions today both big and small.