These words of Jesus in John’s gospel are repeated many times throughout the remaining chapters, Pointing always to his Father as the Source of his power, Jesus establishes the total dependence on God that he also asks of us.
Dependence does not come easy to some of us. We are taught, as good Americans, that we can have it all if we but rely on our own hard work and ingenuity. But such fierce tenacity can also give a false sense of our own power. When we think we can do it all alone, the need for God lessens. Sometimes, only a crisis, like a death, sickness, or a natural disaster, can humble us enough to realize we are not in control at all. Only then are we moved to acknowledge our dependence on God with relief and gratitude.