I apologize for not knowing the author, but I recently read this somewhere and copied it into my notebook:
All your Christian life you may have thought it was you who was pursuing God, but all along it has been God pursuing you. So no matter how long it has been since you have looked toward the Father, no matter how absent you believe God is, neither the steps of your feet nor the sin of your life can move you one inch away from God’s love if you are in Christ Jesus. It may feel like absence now, but Presence is hot on your trail
“The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”
Psalm 145:18 NIV
He will leave all the other sheep to run after you. He will carry you home.