As I ponder the story of the prodigal son, the younger son who took his inheritance and lived foolishly and wastefully, when he recognized his predicament and called out for help, his Father was looking for him. It doesn’t say how long he was gone and it really doesn’t matter because God is just waiting for our call.
Titus 3:5 reads, “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”
When we ask God for bread (understanding) we are never given a stone (hardness of heart). Man is never, ever separated from God.