Lord Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise

3 Jan

Those of you who have been  following Bill’s travel adventures, we are offering up praises that his heart attack was mild and he is doing very well- Onisha

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis




Last week I wrote of the plans I had made for Christmas and how they hadn’t worked out. I am hoping 2013 will be a bit more cooperative.  My parents often prefaced their plans with “ the Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.” As a child, I thought this sounded silly but now I understand that in a humorous way they were lifting their plans up to God.

This week we will be leaving the chilly weather and heading to the sunshine in Florida. We live a rather migratory life, visiting between our children. When I am in Florida I am very content. I love spending time with life long friends and of course being with our daughter. When it is time to return to the “hills,” I am sad and not sure I really want to go.  Once our car gets a few miles up the interstate my heart begins to race with trills of anticipation, excited to see our son and his family and all the things we love about our living in the country. All too soon it’s time to close up the house and head back to Florida and once again I am sad and not sure I want to go.

Does this make me fickle? I don’t think so. I prefer to think of myself as content. In Philippians 4:11 Paul speaks of being content in his circumstances. Admittedly he is referring more to finances, but I am still claiming the contentment!


Philippians 4:11-13


11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.



2 Responses to “Lord Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise”

  1. Linda Lewis January 16, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    I’m glad you’re getting to spend time together, DiVoran, Bill, and Onisha. Good friends never get as much time as they need, but all of it is cherished. Onisha, I’m glad to hear you’re content wherever you are. Another way to express it is “Bloom where you’re planted.” :0)


  2. DiVoran Lites January 3, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    I recall when I first heard the phrase, “The good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.” I loved it and I’ve since used it often myself. Our creek rose a bit this week, but now it’s all back in the banks where it belongs. Bill’s doing great, he’s home, and Onisha is on her way here.


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