“Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.”
This was a common phrase used by folks in Kentucky. It referred to the belief that the Lord was in charge, and barring unforeseen circumstances such as rising creek waters, one would go ahead with their plans.
This adage was particularly applicable to early settlers in Owen County who made their homes near the numerous creeks in the area.
When heavy rains flooded the waterways, most folks were unable to cross at the creek fords and travel came to a standstill.