I've always loved reading in Isaiah, I love this verse especially because it reminds me to move forward and to always remember that though things have passed away..God has better things coming to me!
God has a purpose for us even for the setbacks, in fact while you are struggling..He is molding and perfecting you to become ready to do this work! Even gold in all it's beauty went through the fire before it was perfect and ready, think of yourself as being the same! You are gold! You are a treasure! You are his sons and daughters! Don't worry about how long you've been gone..God still has a plan for you and it's not too late for you to come back to Him and for Him to fulfill that plan in your life!
Start fresh and find a good church to call home! God has great things in store for you!
"Behold, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth
I tell you of them.”
Sing to the Lord a New Song
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise from the end of the earth,
you who go down to the sea, and all that fills it,
the coastlands and their inhabitants."