I think the butterfly is one of the most beautiful things that God has ever created, but it wasn't always so beautiful. The butterfly started out as a fuzzy little caterpillar, but probably no one would ever say that they are beautiful. A caterpillar is a worm -- and worms are not normally seen as beautiful! In time the caterpillar spins a cocoon about himself and stays there for several weeks. When it comes out, it is no longer a caterpillar, it has been miraculously changed into a beautiful butterfly. Note that God didn't just take a caterpillar and stick some wings on it and paint the wings all different colors. When the cocoon opens and the butterfly crawls out, it is a new creation. The caterpillar is gone! It has now become a butterfly.
This example once again was brought to my attention by a very gifted Christian woman who created a beautiful monarch butterfly sculpture which she also hand painted it just for me. This was the great reminder for me that everything I had done in the past in defiance of God word, that at that critical moment of my despair I had humbled myself in prayer seeking God. I crawled out from being a worm, to be born again in Christ, as a new creation; the old me was gone, the new me had come and started to learn how to fly!"