The biggest challenges are designed to at first separate you from your faith. Let them. Do not judge yourself when you question it all. When you doubt your beliefs, your devotion, your God/dess, your entire existence.
It is in these times that we are meant to. It does not matter how long you stay away. How much you ignore your faith. How tightly you close your heart. How long you dwell in your separateness.
Each challenge is an opportunity to deepen. But first we might retract. To come up to the surface before diving once more to the depths. Eventually you will return to the pearls. Even deeper than before.