I'm 19 and God called me to write a book on Moses

She wasn’t like most young people her age. She had direction and passion-she knew what god was calling her to do.

I met Ruth when she was in high school. And she wasn’t like most young people. She had direction and passion. I was impressed by how sure she was about God’s call in her life at such a young age. But, being young doesn’t mean that you can’t interact with God in a real and radical way. If you are young and have a desire to follow God’s radical will in your life, you’re going to love what Ruth has to say.

Ruth is 19, God called her to write a book, and she’s obeying HIm.


She knew that Jesus was calling her to step out in faith and do something out of her reach so that God could step in to help her do it.


Ruth was born the child of South African immigrants, and as a third culture kid because her parents were missionaries. Mission was something that has been woven into her existence. And, although her family has been in the Adventist movement for three generations, she is no less passionate than the last generation.

With the desire to understand the movement she was a part of, she decided to embark on a journey of discovery by reading the entire Bible within a year. That is when Ruth received her call to write a book about Moses, the activist in the book of Exodus. But people her age weren’t getting calls to do something that most people see adults doing, so she brushed it off. Still, something kept bothering her, and her relationship with God was changing. She knew that Jesus was calling her to step out in faith and do something out of her reach so that God could step in to help her do it.

When I asked Ruth about her struggle to be bold in faith this is what she said:

[Ruth]

At times I would struggle as to what it means to be a “normal” Christian because a lot of times people saw me as wild, or radical, in my Christianity. I realized that there is nothing normal or comfortable about being a Christian. We live in a world where spiritual battles are wild and in order for me to engage in this spiritual world I cannot be “normal.” Things need to get supernatural. And, the only thing supernatural about me is the God that lives inside my heart. So it’s a matter of believing that God can do things that I can not do. He can call me to do things that are way out of my comfort zone in order to help me grow in faith.

[interviewer]

How did you come upon the story of Moses and what has God been teaching you since then?

[Ruth]

It came to me through a dream. I would read the story of Moses and would imagine different scenes. I would ponder so much on these stories that I felt like they were coming to life before my eyes. God gave me the gift of an imagination and I like to cultivate it so that I can think of what Moses was like in real life and imagine all that he went through. As I kept reading through the rest of the Bible, I felt like I needed to go back and read Moses’ story again. So I did, and over and over again I felt called to explore the story more and more. Then, I had a dream where I was surrounded by a group of males and females and they handed me this folder with the label Moses. They looked at me and said “Ready?” I freaked out at that moment but I felt God just telling me to trust Him. That was July 2016. Since then I have been gearing my career towards writing this book.

[interviewer]

What kind of things are you doing to start writing this book?

[Ruth]

So what has kept me faithful to this call has been the fresh information I am constantly getting on Moses. I keep reading books on Moses and there is soooo much out there. It’s great. I have also been researching the history behind it all, the ethnography, the geography. It truly feels like an adventure where I am constantly finding more and more about the story of Moses. I even got the chance to go to Egypt this past summer! That was a huge blessing and answer to prayer because I got to be immersed in the air, the culture, and the history of Moses’ context! Something else I recently started was a video blog on my journey to writing this book. I already have hundreds of pages filled and I have a lot of information that I have been gathering so I want to keep friends, family, and supporters up-to-date on what I’ve been doing with the book.


Believe in God and believe in yourself. If you don’t feel equipped right now, He will equip you on the journey and He will bring you to people that will help you become more equipped.
— Ruth Burn

 Photo by Lísye Rizziolli @lisyerizziphotography

Photo by Lísye Rizziolli @lisyerizziphotography

[interviewer]

Have you ever run into any issues?

[Ruth]

So there are many times that I see soooo many people that are better suited for it. I don’t understand why God commissioned me to do this, but God insists that I am the person. He tells me “you are chosen.” There are others that are publishing, and it’s an overwritten topic. Because I am 19 so young. If He started it and He chose me then He will finish it. It’s a call that I have to be faithful to. I will write the book and then I’ll be done and finish that part of my call. He already has proven to me that He is helping me along this journey so I keep moving forward knowing He is with me!

[interviewer]

What are some words of advice to some ladies out there that may be called for something like this also and need some help on how to begin.

[Ruth]

What would you say to someone that has a big dream.

  1. I think God calls us to dream big

  2. As you grow you begin to think realistically - but that doesn’t mean you cannot hold on to your imagination. Imagination is an asset that gives us faith.

  3. There is no harm at sitting down and looking at the dream and asking ‘How can it happen? Who would I need to talk to?’

  4. Make sure that your path is aligned with God (I’ll talk a little bit more about that later)

  5. Believe in God and believe in yourself. If you don’t feel equipped right now, He will equip you on the journey and He will bring you to people that will help you become more equipped.

  6. The journey matters, it’s about coming closer to Him.

  7. God uses people who don’t think they have what it takes to do things for Him. He is all about the impossible!

[interviewer]

Those are some powerful lessons! It’s amazing what God can do in the life of anyone. I hope those words encourage someone reading this!

I have one more question before we end the interview. We have had several women ask me how to determine God’s will in their lives. Obviously you had to make some risky decisions in order to begin writing this book and also you are gearing your college experience for this specific call to write a book on Moses. How do you decipher God’s will for your life? And what would you tell those who have been wondering?

[Ruth]

Hmmm, well It’s an elusive thing sometimes. It’s like a star, you are overwhelmed and if you look to the side of it you see it better. What has helped me most is to study God’s character. I know that may seem cliche but let me tell you why it’s important to study Him. Studying God’s character will help you understand who He is and why He does things and how He does things. If you are trying to decipher God’s will without knowing who He is -- it may prove difficult for you. I also ask myself what love is. Because God is love so I go through my thoughts and my ideas and I ask myself what is love and what is not, I like to look at 1 Corinthians 13 to remind me of who God is. Replacing the words love with God and I see His character shine through that passage.

Another important part in deciphering God’s will is to listen to God in the small moments. A lot of us focus on these big decisions to figure out God’s will but focus on the little things. When I do that, when I am obedient to God in the daily things then I am able to understand His will for my life when it comes to the big things. Something else I see lots of times is that people will look for one specific time to figure out His complete will for our entire lives. It’s not something that will be revealed once in a dream and that’s it, you’re good… (I guess maybe that can happen to some people) most of us will only learn of His will throughout our journey. Take it step by step, moment by moment. God’s will is not one big decision, it’s the daily decisions and the journey.


When I am obedient to God in the daily things then I am able to understand His will for my life when it comes to the big things
— Ruth Burn

 Photo by Lísye Rizziolli @lisyerizziphotography

Photo by Lísye Rizziolli @lisyerizziphotography


So what has your journey been like? Have you ever encountered moments where you are desperately looking for God’s will? Do you have a dream that you have been waiting to move on? We believe that every person has something that they are called to. What is your call? Do you believe it can happen?
 

[this interview has been adjusted from a live interview by our editors and writers]